“Pride in London has set out ambitious plans to work closely with all LGBTQIA communities to put on an inclusive event over the coming years”
BY FAY BARRETT, IMAGE BY A FOXLEY-JOHNSON
Grab the glitter, don your rainbow T-shirts, Pride in London’s getting bigger and better! Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a new £625,000 funding agreement, yesterday, that will go towards the next five years of Pride.
The City Hall funding will be in place for the capital’s 2023-2027 Pride celebrations. The aim is to deliver a safe, inclusive, world class event that showcases London’s diversity.
Plans are in place for an inclusive parade through central London and a representative programme of events and entertainment in Trafalgar Square.
The mayor said, “London is a beacon of inclusiveness around the world. That is in part due to the powerful impact the Pride march of solidarity and celebration has had, on our society, over the last five decades.
“Pride in London has set out ambitious plans to work closely with all LGBTQIA communities to put on an inclusive event over the coming years. I’m looking forward to seeing this delivered”.
Pride in London was chosen after an open tender process where bids were assessed by an LGBTQIA advisory group.
The bid included plans for:
-the creation of a community advisory council, working closely with LGBTQIA
– A clear and definitive anti-racism plan
– Awards celebrating achievements across communities
– A stage for the trans community
Earlier this year, the mayor pledged continued support for UK Black Pride. He also announced the addition of an LGBTQIA reception at City Hall. Funding for both will cover the same five-year period.
Executive Director of Pride in London, Christopher Joell-Deshields, said this would “allow them to continue delivering the capital’s Pride Parade from 2023”.
He added that their “dedicated team of volunteers look forward to engaging with LGBTQIA communities to build better”. They also look forward to ensuring their “platform amplifies national and global LGBTQIA issues, celebrates our communities’ successes, and empowers LGBTQIA individuals through our values of visibility, unity and equality”.
The date for the 2023 Pride in London will be announced in the coming weeks.
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