Pride in London 2019 Impact Report announces commitments to sustainability, year-round events programme and combatting pinkwashing
Pride in London - the capital’s third largest annual event - has announced new commitments to increase parade sustainability, provide year-round community events and tackle corporate pinkwashing in its annual Impact Report, released today.
The report outlines 11 key strategic priorities that the organisation is pledging to implement for 2020, including maintaining high standards of accessibility, continuing to improve parade security and raising the profile of older LGBT+ people in the run up to Pride in London’s 50th anniversary in 2022.
This year nearly 1.5 million spectators lined the streets to view London’s most diverse and accessible parade to date. The lineup spanned the full range of the LGBT+ community, with over 30,000 people from a variety of organisations taking to the streets to march or parade on Saturday 6th July 2019. With record demand once again, over 590 groups took part - a 32% increase on the number of groups marching last year.
Now in its third year, the Pride Festival hosted over 120 LGBT+ themed events across the capital in the month leading up to the parade. With a full programme of events put on by the community for the community, the Pride Festival was as broad as it was diverse, featuring cabaret, comedy, health and wellbeing, music, sports, exhibitions and film screenings.
A crown jewel of the Festival was Pride’s Got Talent. Now in its 7th year, the competition saw more than 300 applicants from across the community, attracting some of the UK’s best emerging LGBT+ talent and showcasing them to industry-recognised judges to aid them in their artistic career.
To keep Pride in London a diverse and welcoming space for all, the organisation will also renew its efforts to influence public policy with regard to trans and non-binary rights, with a particular focus on pushing through the publication of the government’s Gender Recognition Act consultation.
Michael Salter-Church MBE, Co-Chair of Pride in London, said: “Pride in London’s mission continues to be as critical today as it was in 2013. We will continue to stand up against the voices of intolerance and hatred, use our platform to amplify voices in our community and work to ensure Pride galvanises us into action. Change is still required both in the UK and abroad and the battle for hearts and minds is not over – we still need those risk-takers, rule-breakers and change-makers. This great global city is at its best when most open and accepting, and when harnessing the talents of all its people and enabling them to live lives of equal dignity and respect.”