London LGBT+ Community Pride To Go Ahead!
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will kick off this year’s Pride in London celebrations as it’s confirmed the event will go ahead.
Despite funding challenges Pride’s organisers have confirmed that all necessary plans are now in place for a week-long Pride festival.
Navratilova will take part in a special audience hosted by lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding at the St James’ Theatre on Sunday 23 June.
Commenting on her involvement Martina Navratilova said: “London holds a very special place in my heart. But it’s not just Wimbledon I love, it is the city itself, which is so welcoming and energetic. I am proud to be part of the first Pride in London to be organised by London LGBT+ Community Pride. I want everyone to come out and support the events and remember that Pride is about campaigning as well as celebrating. The campaign for Equal Marriage in the UK and in the US is an important one and we should show solidarity and work together for greater acceptance and equality for all.”
Chairman of London LGBT+ Community Pride Michael Salter added: “I am honoured to be part of an amazing team that in record time has put together Pride in London. Over the last four months a huge amount of hard work has gone in to recruit over 1,200 volunteers, raise sponsorship money and plan the event. I want to thank everyone involved, our suppliers, contractors, sponsors and supporters for all they have done and continue to do.”
The Board of London LGBT+ Community Pride set three criteria for a ‘Go/No-Go’.
These targets had to be met by the end of April in order for Pride to be able to go ahead in London in 2013.
They included raising 70 per cent of base-funding and enlisting at least 800 volunteers to man events on 29 June which include the annual Pride parade.
The festival programme includes many events but a highlight will be the Summer Rites Pride in the Park music festival in Shoreditch Park.
The next public forum will be held at City Hall on 6 June.
For tickets and details of the Pride in London events go to www.londoncommunitypride.org.Jump to comments