HEALTH
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Steve Paske Health Zone

Steve Paske was regarded by many as the elder statesman of North Tyneside’s LGBT communities and was a stalwart member of the Northern Pride committee until 2010 when his health took a turn for the worse.

Steve was HIV positive, and although he was involved in all aspects of Pride: committee meetings, satellite events and the main Newcastle Pride event, his particular passion was health awareness.

That is why our health zone bears his name.

Steve was a member of the Pride Health Zone Working group which aims to provide health and wellbeing options to our communities – disproportionally affected by some health issues – and he was full of novel and entertaining ways to give information to people visiting the Health Zone.

He was also determined that Pride event should be totally inclusive and was staunchly supportive of the need for equality, acceptance and the true meaning of finding pride in yourself whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, trans or straight.

In the first year that Newcastle Pride held a parade it was Steve – a small, very dignified gentleman wearing a rainbow waistcoat and carrying a rainbow umbrella – who led the 2000 paraders along Northumberland Street.

Behind him, carried by members of our communities, was a Newcastle Pride banner, which Steve himself had made.

Although he, sadly, is no longer with us – his legacy lives on in the Steve Paske Health Zone.
 

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