Having been privy to some of the debates that have taken place over the past six months I am relieved that the first East London Pride has taken place without incident, and proud to have supported and taken part in this event. There has been a lot of undue criticism directed at some former members of OutEast and Rainbow Hamlets but in the end, this small group of people have stood by their convictions, worked hard together and pulled off a fantastic event on a shoe string budget. When I think about what Pride is really about, I believe that it is about people like these, working together to create something good for their local community. If we really want the East End to be a safe place for LGBT people, then these are the people who need our on-going support. It is up to all of us to make sure that next year they have more funding and support so that they can build upon the sucess of this years event. Well done x
Mark H: Well said. They worked really hard to bring this event together and it was a brilliant success.
It was a shame I couldn’t have taken part – last year’s event was a memorable one: It took the pride message to the East End for the fist time. Equally commendable: it took the commerical rubbish out of pride (you don’t need any budget to march with passion through a street). In the last year, there have been bitter rows about the approach to fighting homophobia. Whatever the differences there might be with OutEast, they have helped raise awareness of LGBT issues and visibility of LGBT people in the area.
And credit to Lutfur Rahman for showing support too. I hope it goes from strength to strength.
Thanks and well done to the East London Pride organisers. A great event. Appreciation to the Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman for attending and speaking so well in defence of LGBT rights. A good move to build Muslim-Gay unity and solidarity!
“Mr Rahman said: “I grew up here, and have seen how things have changed in the last 20 years. I want you to be in no doubt I will fight to ensure there is respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and rights in the same way I will for all communities.”
So, Lutfur Rahman is admitting that most gay people have left east London in the last 20 years? Let’s see what happens in the next mayoral election. He might well be dumped for having appeared at this divisive and politically correct shambles – by the 40% of muslims who want sharia law!
The entire thing was a front for a bunch of SWP trannies. When the attack on The George & Dragon took place, Rahman had zero interest in attending the public meetings. Just shows the power of EDL.
Joe: What a miserable spoiler you are. No better than Keith in another post here. You two should get together. You are both miserabilists. The event was a great success and if the Mayor of Tower Hamlets has run the risk of disapproval for his appearance at the event and support for it he deserves credit for that not condemnation. There were several political groups at the event and none. We make no apologies for the political nature of it rather than the usual commercial rip off where the participants are there just to screw money out of us. Your contempt for transsexuals and transvestites makes you no better than a queer basher. What have you or the EDL done to advance LGBT rights. Nothing! What have you done to protect jobs, raise awreness about cuts to HIV funding, and all the other issues that affect LGBT people. Nothing! You are one-horse, muslim-bashing crap artists. Do us all a favour and leave this post. You are not wanted here.
Troll tra la la la!!
What a load of inflammatory bollocks!
Was your comment meant for me?
s there and it was fab and none can spoil this fact. We’re here, we’re queer and all better get use to it.
This event wasn’t just a pride. It was a community rallying together to spread the positive message of what can be achieved when people act in unison for a ‘good’ purpose. It well done east london. You have done us all proud!
Is that what real lessers look like? Jesus, I’ll stick to the pay channels.
You mean the “Muslim extremists distributed stickers warning of a gay-free zone”? Yes, of course Keith, you’re quite right.
Keith: Oh, you’re back again are you. You are a spoiler. What a drag.
Erm, crazy says what now?
Apparently she couldn’t stay as Jack(ass) for long. She knew she would be found out as Keith, so it returns.
Typical though, Keith trying to deceive showing it just can’t stay away from this Gay site.