Community groups and unions call for free, community-led Pride
In the aftermath of the problems that afflicted London's World Pride earlier this month, community groups and LGBT trade unionists have confirmed their support for a national Pride to be held in central London, an event that is free and accessible to all, and a celebration as well as a demand for equality.
Ninety representatives of London LGBT community groups and LGBT union representatives met at the TUC's central London headquarters on Monday to debate the future of Pride London after the last minute and drastic restrictions imposed on the World Pride event.
The meeting agreed a set of principles that should apply to future Prides:
it should be free to all participants
it must be fully inclusive of all sections of the LGBT community
it should be a celebration, but retain its political cutting edge and campaign for LGBT equality and liberation nationally and internationally
it must be led by the LGBT communities themselves, not have its shape or content determined by commercial sponsors or public bodies.
July 18, 2012