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07 Aug 2017

Glitter sparkled as thousands of people marched for Leeds LGBT Pride on Sunday 6 August 2017

For the second year running, first direct bank sponsored LGBT Pride in Leeds.

Led by a first direct float and 150 first direct staff members, the Pride parade proudly made its way from Millennium Square to Lower Briggate through 42,000 bystanders for an afternoon of celebrations.

The atmosphere was electric and as well as spreading love, first direct handed out 10,000 branded wrist bands, 2,000 lollipops and added sparkle to hundreds of faces in our free glitter booth.

Joe Gordon, Head of first direct , commented: “first direct was founded in Leeds and I felt immense pride walking through the streets, experiencing the positive atmosphere and celebrating the diversity that makes Leeds, first direct and the world such a fantastic place.

“Supporting our own LGBT colleagues is hugely important to first direct . Our own Pride Network is well established and does a great deal to promote a truly inclusive environment.”

As part of the HSBC Group, the first direct Pride Network supports HSBC's involvement in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and also supports other employee networks globally. There’s over 63,000 HSBC employees in the world who live and work in countries where it’s still illegal to be LGB or T, and we take part in events across the world to celebrate LGBT culture and pride, and help to highlight the issues LGBT people still face.

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