9 July 2012
The meeting will be open to the public and bring together London’s LGBT businesses and community with leading gay organizations, stakeholders of all kinds and sponsors.
It comes after controversy rocked this year’s event held on Saturday (7 July). London was hosting World Pride but it was scaled back at the last minute with a rally cut short, floats taken out of the parade and an official street party in Soho cancelled.
It will focus on what kind of pride people want to see in the future. Speakers and a question and answer session will consider what the purpose of pride is, how it can serve the whole LGBT community and how it should be managed.
G-A-Y at Heaven, London’s most famous gay club, is kindly hosting the event and the debate will be chaired by Tris Reid-Smith, editor of Gay Star News.
He said: ‘London needs a pride that unites the LGBT community, rather than divides it.
‘We need to start by bringing everyone together and thinking what we want in the long-term. That’s what our debate will be about.’
And G-A-Y boss Jeremy Joseph said: ‘The problem with Pride London is that its not an open organization. We will never make everybody happy with a pride event because our community is so diverse, however, it is important that everyone gets a say and whoever takes on London Pride for 2013 needs to be answerable to the community, whether it be via gay press or forum meetings like this.
‘London Pride will always face problems in organizing an event in the capital city and when those problems arise, everyone has the right to know. This is day one of hopefully changing Pride into an open and honest organization and this is your chance to have a say.’
The event will be at Heaven, Under the Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25 July at 5.30pm.