The organisation behind Pride in London delivered the most diverse Pride that London has ever seen, according its annual Impact Report published today. The Report highlights the make-up of the groups that took part and also higlights the outcomes of the efforts of over 1,000 volunteers who help to deliver London’s third largest annual one day event.
This year over 1 million spectators lined the streets to view London’s most diverse parade to date. The line up contained 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 July 7th 2018. With record demand once again, over 450 groups took part, shutting down one of Europe’s busiest high streets.
Pride in London has grown beyond the parade day with the Pride Festival, which hosts a number of events for the community. In 2018 the Festival doubled in size, with a whole month containing over 120 LGBT+ themed events taking place across the capital. The 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 6th year, the competition saw more than 190 LGBT+ artists take part in auditions, attracting some of the best emerging talents in the LGBT+ community and showcasing them to industry-recognised judges to aid them in their artistic career.
Michael Salter-Church, Co-Chair of Pride in London, commented: “From Pride’s Got Talent through to our annual Parade and city-wide Festival, everything we do is to give LGBT+ people a platform and to support the wider community.
We couldn’t do any of this without our volunteers. In June we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - a tremendous achievement and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone who helps such a tremendous series of events happen. ”
Moving forward to 2019
During the parade, a group of anti-trans protesters forced their way to the front of the parade. This was incredibly upsetting for the trans community and their allies who were right to be angry at what happened. Pride in London is reviewing and enhancing its event security for 2019 with its delivery partners and developing new processes to ensure that the parade is a safe and welcoming place for those who share the values of Pride in London.
Alison Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London, commented: “The protest was incredibly upsetting for all involved and we apologise unreservedly for the hurt and upset this caused. Our top priority for 2019 is to continue in our mission to create a supportive and friendly environment at all our events. Our parade should be a safe and welcoming place for all in our community who share the values of Pride in London.
“We also have a number of exciting things planned for next year, which we highlight in the Report. New sections in the parade and new stages are part of our desire to create a Pride event that appeals to all of the LGBT+ community and that 50 years after the Stonewall Riots, we create an event that both celebrates how far we’ve come, and pushes for progress in true equality for all in the years to come.”