Pride in London response to CAB report

Aug 16, 2017

Commenting on the Community Advisory Board's report today a spokesperson for Pride in London said:

"Feedback on Pride in London is important to us, but we prefer for it to be accurate.

"We deliberately gather feedback from many sources, including our volunteers and the wider community through open meetings, surveys and online reporting. We do not believe the CAB report reflects the majority view nor takes in to account these other sources of data, it is also inaccurate in many places which is disrespectful to the many volunteers that work hard to deliver the event. Their report was not shared with us in advance and therefore we were not able to correct these inaccuracies.  We will be looking at each of the points they raise and we have invited them to meet with us. Unfortunately the CAB has suffered from some long standing vacancies (such as a women's rep), which has adversely affected its ability to provide us with consistently strong and balanced guidance.

"Volunteers make Pride happen and it is their passion and commitment to the Pride cause that drives real change on the ground. Whilst there are always ways in which we can improve, our volunteers can feel proud to be delivering an event with consistently high levels of attendee satisfaction.

"Since the collapse of London's Pride event in 2012; under community ownership, Pride in London has become one of the world's largest and most successful Pride events. It remains volunteer-led and free to attend and enjoys strong support from agencies, partners and sponsors. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of all we do, from deciding on acts to perform, to volunteer recruitment but we are not complacent and are always looking at ways to do more. We believe we now have a strong foundation to continue to make progress in improving on diversity and inclusion amongst other issues.

"Already this year, we were able to represent our community in new ways through our Pride in London Live series reaching millions through social platforms, our largest and most diverse Pride Festival and Parade, and our first ever national TV adverts reaching millions of UK homes. We are also proud to have achieved Silver Accreditation from Attitude is Everything which recognises the standards of accessibility of the main event. 

"We're looking forward to announcing our vision and plan for the next 5 years of Pride in London.  The LGBTQ+, community will remain at the heart of everything we do and we constantly strive to do better at representing and supporting it."

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said:

“Pride in London is one of the iconic festivals of our city and underlines our reputation as one of the most LGBT+ friendly places on the planet. It is central to London’s position as a beacon of inclusiveness and acceptance as well as being one of the top gems in our city’s cultural calendar. Above all, it shows that London is open to all people, regardless of background, religion, race, gender, disability, age or sexuality.

“Ensuring that all members of the LGBT+ community feel safe, happy and valued is of the upmost importance to the Mayor. As is the case with all Mayor-supported events, City Hall is working with Pride in London to ensure that diversity is placed at the heart of the festivities.  

“Pride In London is entirely staffed and delivered by volunteers from the LGBT+ community who give up large proportions of their free time to deliver one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the world.  

“This year’s Pride in London was the biggest to date, with more than 60 events over Pride fortnight and a parade which featured 81 floats, 231 walking groups and over a million spectators to cheer them on. 

“City Hall is working to put in place a new funding agreement with Pride in London, which will ensure that next year’s festival is bigger, better and more inclusive than ever.”

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