"The leaders of the Leeds and Manchester Pride organisations have announced that their annual LGBT pride parades will be cancelled, adding to the over 100 pride events that have either been cancelled or postponed throughout the UK over concerns about the Chinese coronavirus.
Manchester Pride said that they were 'heartbroken and devastated' over the decision to cancel the festival, which was set to feature the frontman of the revived Queen group, Adam Lambert.
'There are tough times ahead, but we are confident that with the support of the city, LGBTQ+ people and allies and the organisations that continue to support us year on year, we will weather the storm,' the organisers said in a statement...
The move followed a similar announcement from Leeds Pride, who describes themselves as 'Yorkshire’s Biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans life'.
'The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly and we have been working with our partners Leeds City Council to look at alternative plans for the parade and associated events, but we cannot risk the health and safety of our communities, volunteers and participants and proceed with an event that attracts over 50,000 people,' Leeds Pride said."
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