The York Pride physical event, which was due to be held 5 June 2021, has been cancelled.
The Pride Committee have said: “Following the announcement of the government’s roadmap to ease the current lockdown restrictions in England, we’ve worked tirelessly behind the scenes to investigate every possible option available to enable us to bring back North Yorkshire’s biggest LGBT+ celebration.
“Our committee have unanimously agreed that there are still too many uncertainties and risks around COVID-19 and holding large public events for us to confidently proceed”.
However, the group has revealed they are making efforts to create a “bigger and better virtual Pride online”.
The virtual event will continue to take place on the same date , with smaller in-person events to be held later in the year.
No other details have been revealed on how the virtual event will run.
The committee stated: “We’d like to thank all our supporters, sponsors and stallholders for their support through these difficult times for all of us.
“We look forward to welcoming you all back to a truly fabulous York Pride in 2022”.
The University of York LGBTQ+ Network told York Vision:
“We fully understand and support York prides decision to postpone York pride 2021. These are uncertain times and it makes planning a big event impossible.
“We look forward and encourage people to attend the fabulous virtual pride that will take it’s place and the spectacular 2022 pride, that will celebrate 50 years since the first pride in the UK.”