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June 18, 2015

The global coffee chain joins the likes of ASDA, the TUC and Prudential as a gold sponsor

Pride in London has announced that global coffee store chain Starbucks has come on board as a ‘gold sponsor’.

This year’s event officially runs from 21-28 June 2015.

Starbucks joins the likes of ASDA, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Prudential, SAB Miller and Thomson Reuters.

The event’s headline sponsors, for a second year running, are Barclays and The Mayor of London. Gay Star News is one of the event's media partners.

June 17, 2015

Persuading allies and friends to champion LGBT issues is vital, say participants in a business panel discussion held as part of Pride in London

LGBT role models are hugely important but imposing boardroom quotas is not the way forward.

That was the overall message from a panel discussion that took place this morning at the London headquarters of Thomson Reuters.

The discussion, entitled ‘Engaging across the LGBT spectrum to drive business results’, was one of the first events to take place as part of the Pride in London festival – which will culminate with the annual parade through London next Saturday (27 June).

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

May 22, 2014

From Tel Aviv to Texas, San Francisco to Sitges, June has more Gay Pride parades and parties than you know what to do with... and let's not forget the pride performances by Jennifer Hudson, Tegan and Sara, Rita Ora, Steve Grand and more!

Gay Pride means different things to different people.

For many countries and cities, pride is no longer about walking a few hours in the street, worried about an impending attack for being out in public.

The sad reality is many LGBTI people around the world can not celebrate their lives openly... all the more reason to join the Gay Pride celebrations close to you, to show solidarity and support for your LGBTI family around the world.

February 6, 2014

Dazzling floats and fabulous parties are expected to make this year's London Pride one of the biggest pride events ever. The annual pride parade will be held 28 June

London's summer is sure to sizzle with this year's pride celebrations, as organizers and volunteers strive to out-do last year's festivities.

London Pride, one of the globe's biggest pride events, will see LGBTI people and allies descend on the city to join in on the parties and parade.

The pride parade is set for Saturday 28 June, on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

September 17, 2013

Britain’s National Student Pride will move to London for the 2014 event – allowing it to expand and help more LGBT students

Britain’s LGBT Student Pride is to move from Brighton to London, saying artificially high costs and some poor support have forced them out.

The annual weekend LGBT festival draws students from all across the UK and Ireland and has been hosted in Brighton, the gay seaside city of England’s south coast, for five years.

But now the event is on the move – drawn by the capital but also pushed out of Brighton.

July 29, 2013

Dr Patrick Williams, the former boss of Pride London was paying rent with charitable money but denies using office as home

The former chairman of Pride London has continued to use the failed charity’s old office himself for a year – and paid for it with LGBT charitable money.

The organization effectively collapsed last year amid public anger after World Pride, hosted by London in 2012, had to be scaled back.

Now an entirely new body is running LGBT pride in the city and many thought the saga was over.

July 29, 2013

Dr Patrick Williams, the former boss of Pride London was paying rent with charitable money but denies using office as home

The former chairman of Pride London has continued to use the failed charity’s old office himself for a year – and paid for it with LGBT charitable money.

The organization effectively collapsed last year amid public anger after World Pride, hosted by London in 2012, had to be scaled back.

Now an entirely new body is running LGBT pride in the city and many thought the saga was over.

June 10, 2013

London announces scene and upcoming talent for Pride in London event

Doctor Who pin-up and Children’s BBC TV presenter Andrew Hayden-Smith has been named as a host for Pride in London as the free festival’s line-up is announced.

Hayden-Smith will be joined as a host for the main stage in Trafalgar Square by drag legend Dusty O, actor and comedian Chris Fitchew and UK Paralympic sitting-basketball player Claire Harvey at the event in the UK capital.

May 22, 2013

Gay Star News is today (22 May 2013) named as Global News Partner of Pride in London

It builds on GSN’s partnerships with leading LGBT events around the world.

London is set to become rainbow-clad again as the pride season approaches the UK capital. The Pride Festival will host a series of spectacular events scattered across Central London, Soho, Shoreditch and the Southbank from 23June to 1July.

This year the theme is ‘Love and Marriage’ celebrating gay marriage becoming law in countries and states around the world and an equal marriage bill progressing through the UK parliament for England and Wales.

May 21, 2013

Lesbian tennis superstar Martina Navratilova to launch week of events. Summer Rites music festival added. Gala dinner with London mayor

Bosses of Pride in London have given the green light to this year’s event having reached key fundraising and volunteer recruitment milestones.

Until this moment, it was theoretically possible the event would be canceled.

But now Pride in London has announced this year’s festival will go ahead with a week of celebrations, a full parade through the center of the UK capital, a rally in Trafalgar Square and a party in the gay district of Soho.

April 16, 2013

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The Events:

1. Pride in Brighton & Hove / Saturday 3rd August:

Quite simply the most spectacular, diverse, flamboyant and life affirming alfresco festival, Pride in Brighton & Hove is rightly seen as a highlight of the local, national and European Pride Calendar. The park event brings people together for an unforgettable celebration that the community plans for all year round.

January 18, 2013

Community-based group chosen to run festival in UK capital for the next five years. Only 115 days remain to put event together

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (18 January) chosen a community interest company to run the city’s pride festival for the next five years.

But the decision has come so late that organizers now only have 115 days to put together a festival which usually takes a year to organize.

It comes after the previous organization running pride collapsed following 2012’s event. London had been hosting World Pride but it had to be drastically scaled back at the last minute due to a funding crisis.

January 1, 2013

London mayor’s chief of staff admits they almost pulled out of 2012 gay festival. Community-based group likely to win bid to run pride until 2017

Mayor Boris Johnson considered pulling out of supporting London’s World Pride event altogether when it became clear organizers were struggling.

The World Pride LGBT festival in the UK capital in 2012 became a major headache for City Hall when it had to be drastically scaled back with just 10 days to go.

A funding shortfall and other organizational problems saw the event scaled back with floats and other vehicles banned from the march.

November 20, 2012

London Community Pride reveals it is one of the bidders to run the UK capital's annual LGBT festival

A group which promises to make gay pride in London a 'beacon to the world' has announced its bid to run next year's event in the UK capital.

The London Community Pride (LCP) group have applied to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for the job of managing the annual event for the next five years.

Claiming to comprise of individuals with 'wide experience' in events organization and fundraising, LCP promises to use money made from the festival to support charities which work with and for the LGBT community, as well as finance pride in the future.

October 31, 2012

People interested in running LGBT pride in London have just three days for the deadline for bids closes

There are only three days left until the deadline closes for bids to run gay pride in the British capital.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced last Wednesday (24 October) that his team will review bids from non-profit, community-based organizations to run and develop pride in London over the next five years from 2013.

The deadline for interested parties closes on Friday (2 November).

The winning tender could be given grants by City Hall of up to £500,000 ($800,000 €619,000) with free use of Trafalgar Square in central London chucked into the deal.

October 24, 2012

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants bidders to tender to run LGBT pride in the capital for the next five years

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (24 October) said he wants people to bid to run LGBT pride in the British capital.

It confirms a report by Gay Star News on 6 September, which City Hall officials refused to confirm.

Johnson’s team will review bids from non-profit, community-based organizations to run and develop pride in the capital over the next five years from 2013.

October 4, 2012

GSN is chairing a debate at Heaven on 25 July at 5.30pm on how to create a world class LGBT pride in London

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.

September 25, 2012

Open letter insists UK city’s pride organizers should leave. Allegations the company is breaking its own rules. ‘Interim pride chair’ tells GSN he has resigned

A group of campaigners for a better LGBT pride in London have demanded the existing festival directors resign straight away.

They say that the last two people on the board of Pride London are delaying the community in setting up an event for 2013. .

The British capital hosted World Pride this year but plans for the parade and party had to be slashed at the last minute with bosses blaming a funding crisis.

It went ahead but with no formal street party and with no floats and vehicles allowed in the parade.

September 25, 2012

Open letter insists UK city’s pride organizers should leave. Allegations the company is breaking its own rules. ‘Interim pride chair’ tells GSN he has resigned

A group of campaigners for a better LGBT pride in London have demanded the existing festival directors resign straight away.

They say that the last two people on the board of Pride London are delaying the community in setting up an event for 2013. .

The British capital hosted World Pride this year but plans for the parade and party had to be slashed at the last minute with bosses blaming a funding crisis.

It went ahead but with no formal street party and with no floats and vehicles allowed in the parade.

September 6, 2012

Confusion continues over the future of London’s biggest LGBT event with pride bosses, City Hall and potential organizers pursuing different ways forward

London Mayor Boris Johnson wants people to bid to run the city’s LGBT pride as confusion over the future of the event continues.

Johnson’s City Hall, which was criticized after the UK capital had to scale back World Pride it hosted in July, is apparently planning to call for tenders from potential pride organizers.

While LGBT pride in the city is independent and not technically ‘owned’ by the mayor, City Hall has traditionally put in £100,000 ($159,000 €126,000) to help make it happen, as well as donating Trafalgar Square in the heart of London for free.

September 5, 2012

Trade union officer and LGBT activist Peter Purton examines how Pride London can prosper while remaining true to its roots

The latest episode in the post-World Pride saga takes place at Congress House in London, the headquarters of the British trade unions, on 5 September.

World Pride 2012 was in London as the UK capital celebrated its Olympic year and its organisers and sponsors meant it to be something to make every LGBT person proud. But there were sudden cutbacks and restrictions of the program introduced in the final week.