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Confirmed: World Pride in London won’t be ‘saved’

Last minute meeting of Pride London and city authorities has not salvaged World Pride
World Pride in London will go ahead but will only as a scaled-down event.
Photo by Scott Nunn.

A joint statement from the World Pride organizers and city bosses has made clear the event this Saturday (7 July) will not be restored to it’s original format.

Organizers had to scale back the 7 July event in London just last week after a cash crisis left them unable to fund full safety and security measures. Floats, cars and buses were banned from the parade and a street party in the gay district of Soho was axed.

Other media had reported that new funds had been found and that a last minute meeting was taking place yesterday (3 July) to look at returning the event to its original format.

But as GSN predicted, the meeting between city authorities and Pride London bosses merely went through last minute details rather than pushing forward a rescue package.

A statement released within the last hour confirms this. It is jointly signed by Pride London, the Metropolitan Police, Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority.

Meanwhile union chiefs at the TUC have called on future pride events to be ‘led by the LGBT communities’.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘London should be proud about celebrating its first ever World Pride. Instead, people will be asking why plans have been changed at the last minute and questioning the capital’s commitment to LGBT equality.'

The TUC criticism comes ahead of its annual LGBT conference in London on Thursday. Several hundred lesbian and gay union activists will travel to central London for the two-day conference (5 to 6 July) to debate topical issues such as the impact of the cuts, transphobia in colleges, equal marriage, and discrimination and violence against the LGBT community internationally.

Speakers at the conference include openly gay Member of the European Parliament Michael Cashman MEP and activists from South Africa and St Lucia.

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