Pride Media Centre

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow constituency has welcomed the unveiling of the UK’s first LGBT+ Media and Business Hub in Pelaw, Gateshead.

The Pride Media Centre – on the site of what was formerly Gateshead’s Stonehill Studios – is the first of its kind in the UK and will establish a business centre exclusively for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community and allies. 

The Actor, Writer, LGBTactivistand Stonewallco-founder, Lord Michael Cashman CBE, was in attendance this Friday to perform the official opening.

The hub will be the home of the newly-established, not-for-profit, Pride Community Network and will not only house the LGBT+ community radio station Pride Radio 89.2fm but will also create a suite of incubator offices for members of the community and allies who are need of support in starting up a business.   

The 17,000 square foot centre has been refurbishedand now has facilities which includesa large drive in film and television studio, green screen studio, 30-seater cinema, gallery space, two radio studios,podcast suite and 16 offices for new business.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“I am very proud to have this exciting new development – the first of its kind anywhere in the UK – established in the Jarrow constituency. 

 

"The centre will be a hub for the local LGBT+ community and their allies, offering support in regard to both business but also wider community outreach, providing a vital safe environment to people who may feel excluded, vulnerable or isolated.

 

"Everyone involved, not least Gateshead Council, have worked extremely hard to get the project off the ground and I am sure that it will be a huge success, and make a big difference in the lives of many people in our area.”

Meet your MP

 Stephen-Hepburn-MP

Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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