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London’s World Pride under threat after payment disputes

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  1. Terry Stewart 26 Jun 2012, 6:50pm

    Oh dear! Has some queen been handbaging the money again?

    Never cancelled a Pride in my life.

    Still the good news is, its back to being a march. So lets get Political!

    1. Jock S. Trap 27 Jun 2012, 7:40am

      Wow… I guess that bitchy comment shows why you put a stop to the protest march against us when the homophobic posters went up in East London.

      So much for all being in these Prides together.

  2. Who’d have thought it!

    Pride+London+Funding again.

  3. Something fishy about this…

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 27 Jun 2012, 12:37pm

      Fishy smell or fishy taste?

  4. Resume the origins, this is the word, no more fireworks, floats, concerts, drinking, and so on … The Gay Pride must return the origins, we must recover the language that had social and political

    1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 10:22am

      Oh sod off.
      There are virtually no more political reasons for it. Same-sex marriage is pretty much in the bag, and then we will have essentially all that we need, so Gay Pride can simply be a celebration, not an excuse for “Socialist Worker” to wave lefty placards about, and then Peter Tatchell can go and get a proper job like the rest of us.

      1. That There Other David 27 Jun 2012, 2:18pm

        Peter Tatchell campaigns for Human Rights, not just LGBT Rights. There’s plenty of other causes to keep him occupied even if we obtain full equality.

        1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 4:19pm

          Damn. And there’s me thinking we might see the back end of him some time soon.

      2. Patrick Lyster-Todd 27 Jun 2012, 3:56pm

        What an ignorant comment. Peter Tatchell works over 60 hours a week and has never drawn a salary per se in his life. Get your facts right before opening your mouth …

        Sadly, prejudice against LGBTI people in the UK continues – nay flourishes in some quarters (normally to do with ‘organised’ religion) – and while it is always good to celebrate the advances that have been made, there is still so much to do and I for one still consider it as much a ‘march’ as a parade. We have yet to gain equal marriage (and civil partnerships for that matter – these are denied to straight people), bullying in school remains a major problem and you only have to look to the so-called ‘beautiful game’ and all its entrenched homophobia and burying of heads in sand (mainly by the FA) to know this.

        1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 4:29pm

          Oh get over it. The same sex marriage argument is a done deal. Everything else is a mopping-up operation. As for CP’s, they should be flushed down the toilet where they belong; they should never have existed in the first place.

        2. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 4:35pm

          Homophobia is not going to go away any more than sexism or racism is, it’s part of the human condition and simply something we have to try to fight as best we can.

        3. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 4:38pm

          The point is LGBT people have fought for equal rights, and over the last forty years, we have virtually everything. The law protects and allows us the same rights as everyone else

          There will always be those that want more, but compared to gay life back in the 50’s, we have it damn cushy, and that is what Pride was all about. Nowadays it should be a celebration of what we are now, and recognition of those before who fought for it.

          Sorry if this is all in bits, but I really wish this fckwit website would allow people to say things they want instead of blocking random words.

  5. Same problems that we hear from other pride events, it all comes down to money!

    1. …or invariably, someone making off with the money!!!

  6. Jason Bird 26 Jun 2012, 9:05pm

    Is anyone surprised?

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Jun 2012, 10:44pm

    My take is, if you can’t afford to pay for services rendered, don’t do it. Payment should be upfront and should be made in full before an event takes place. Clearly there is no oversight or governance in this matter. If I were a vendor, I’d demand payment in full prior to commencement of such an event. Contracts, if any, usually stipulate the terms of service do they not?

  8. Spanner1960 26 Jun 2012, 11:02pm

    As usual, another Pride in jeopardy. It seems to happen everywhere.

    Sorry, but gay men can’t organise a piss-up ion a brewery. it all ends up with too many chiefs, not enough Indians, and everyone throwing hissy fits and tantrums.

    The only time I have ever seen a Pride actually cover it’s assets was when it was run by a bunch of qualified straights like Harvey Goldsmith.

  9. Oh “Aiden”. Why must you as a fake named troll use terms like respectable. Do you really not understand how sad it helps make you look? Well…sadder I suppose

  10. Jock S. Trap 26 Jun 2012, 11:59pm

    Let’s hope they get it sorted and the event passes successfully!!

  11. excuse you as a respectable Londoner this is my city too. Am I not allowed one day in a year where I can be in space where I can be who I am without being afraid?

  12. Patrick Mc Crossan 27 Jun 2012, 4:34am

    The PRIDE organisers should not after a year still be in dispute about money owned from last year.

    We collect so much to make this happen and its a shambles.

    No doubt the iffy political members will blame David Cameron.

    It seems we can not trust those in charge.

    I will back out being a volunteer as we heard nothing about this.

    Even if they get the money sorted out in time I believe those responsible should step aside or be pushed and allow a comptetant person to take over.

    Sorry, but I agree some gay men can’t organise a piss-up ion a brewery. it all ends up with too many chiefs, not enough Indians, and everyones throwing hissy fits and tantrums.

    World Pride will be lame if we can’t get it together properly.

    Stand up to the chair and push him aside and lets this back on track

    1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 10:17am

      I just got a nasty case of deja vu there. I could have sworn I just said that, right down to the typo.

  13. Sydney mardi gras has gone through this and come out the other side.

    But it has no relevance now as it used to. As it is so mainstream and family friendly. There is no identity at all to the gay community. So sad.

    I like the deviant side to our existence.

  14. There is nothing respectable about you Aiden, there are dogs on the street that have more of that quality than you….

  15. I am surprised at the fact that more people seem to be worried about this Pride event being funded than the other stories on this site regarding our Brothers and Sisters being murdered left right and centre. Maybe if there was more outcry over these killings (most recently the lesbians in America and the Gay man from South Africa) instead of money problems something might actually be done. Forget the floats etc and have a massive protest March to show the Government that we want something done and better laws governing stupid ignorant Churchs and people in Public life such as DJ’s etc who spew hate against us. Time to take back the streets and show the world that we have had enough .

    1. That’s us gays for you, Michael. Parties first, reality later…

    2. Michael
      You have written the words right out of my pen. So much fuss over a silly party which has little relevance nowadays, when other people around the world are being murdered for their sexuality. Why is it so difficult for gays to get their priorities right?

  16. Suddenly Last Bummer 27 Jun 2012, 12:35pm

    World Pride? “Kindly brought to you by the good people at ID Glide”

  17. That There Other David 27 Jun 2012, 12:40pm

    And here was me worrying about missing this due to the clash with the Pride weekend in Sitges.

    Hope it still goes ahead, but if it doesn’t you could all grab yourselves a flight and head south.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 27 Jun 2012, 1:58pm

      LMAO. Sitges Pride or London Pride. The Gay-o-meter is currently going berserk and smoke omitting from it has cleared the building. Lets weigh up the pros and cons; Sitges- guaranteed good weather, hot guys and late opening bars and clubs. London- guaranteed a ‘wettest/coldest weekend since records began’, pubs that shut at 11.30 unless you head to Vauxhall and overall an extortionate experience in terms of costs. Sitges wins hands and pants down every time.

      1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 9:37pm

        Then again, an awful lot of us just think the entire thing is a complete waste of time wherever one goes. Personally, I’d just rather be down the local with my mates.

        1. That There Other David 27 Jun 2012, 10:56pm

          Well, that’s your choice, but I’d rather go party once in a while.

          You’re a long time dead. Best make the most of the time here IMO.

  18. Where do you live Aiden?

  19. Terry Stewart 27 Jun 2012, 2:47pm

    I dont know what the problem is. Heart of London will cover the Soho event as will the GLA cover Trafalgar Square.

    World Pride is a company which will have funs from previous events and as they are the organisers, who have appointed London Pride to deliver the event. My question is, who is failing here. World Pride is picking up the Sponsorship from the likes of Smirnoff Vodka and co, so what are they doing with the money?

    The GLA and Westminster City Council are the ones delivering, both Soho and Trafalgar Sqare. So what is London Pride doing?

    Year after year we have the same organisations screaming for money and not paying their debts, to companies that have provided a service.

    London Pride is proud to state that it has existed since 2004. That is not true. It disolved itself because of its debts and relaunched itself and has done nothing but incur debts ever since.

    The community is being ripped off.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 27 Jun 2012, 3:39pm

      The ‘community’ allows itself to be ripped off in all fairness. We’ve allowed ourselves to be be seen as little more than cash cows throwing our pink pounds around. Its not just Pride organisers who capitalise on this.

    2. Patrick Lyster-Todd 27 Jun 2012, 4:08pm

      I do think that it needs to be said that you rarely get anything for nothing, at least not without a benefactor or two (as opposed to ‘sponsors’ for who there is always some price to be paid). Many years ago, when a large and fun ‘free’ event was held after the annual Central London march, on this occasion at Clapham Common, the then Pride organisers needed approximately £2 per head to cover all the various costs (staging, security, loos, staff, publicity etc etc). So they asked for voluntary donations of £5 per head (waged) – not a great deal for the enormous event that was put on (culminating in fireworks and the Pet Shop Boys doing ‘Go West’ as the sun set) – and averaged 32p per person.

      Not surprisingly, this was the last ‘free’ event. You get what you pay for. I might add, this event in the park also used to pay for the costs of the preceding march …

      1. Spanner1960 27 Jun 2012, 4:43pm

        Combined with the fact that gay men are as tight as a duck’s arse when it comes to shelling out. They wouldn’t think twice blowing £50 on a pair of Calvins, but refuse to spend a fiver going to a Pride event.

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