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London Community Pride unveils 2013 bid application

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  1. Dan Filson 20 Nov 2012, 1:42pm

    I doubt this will be the only group to make a pitch, but I don’t like the way Boris as manoeuvred his way into not only having the say in what money, permissions and support gets given but also who gets the nod as the Pride organisers. None of his business.

  2. I would be interested to see what is in all of the bids presented.

  3. Eric James 20 Nov 2012, 3:11pm

    I happen to know that one of the people involved in this group owes a lot of people a lot of money. Does this mean a return to the good old days of people running off with the till receipts?

    1. looks mafia and company again

    2. Surely this should be publicised – it’s very much in the public’s interest to know if those entrusted to run Pride ‘for the community’ are suitable or not, as they are the ones taking forward this mandate ‘on behalf of the community’.

  4. Police homophobia, simply buried 20 Nov 2012, 4:56pm

    Can’t be as bad as Cornwall Pride.

    Their former Treasurer Committee Member & major sponsor has been charged with multiple counts of theft, fraud & forgery in £1 million tax fraud. Truro Crown Court Feb 2013.
    http://youtu.be/4qrjMce9Dxs

    Nasty hate campaign been run by some to try to keep that hush, hush.
    http://www.pinkpasty.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/was-cornwall-pride-festival-funded.html

  5. If anyone is going to put forward an application to run Pride then there has to be financial transparancy with an independant non business member to oversee the books. I say non business because this event has a habit of going t**s up because someone thinks they can use it to make a fast buck then vanish! Look what also happened to our LBGT centre in east london many years ago! If a group cannot run this event with financial honesty with the LGBT community at heart then Pride will be lost.

  6. Robert Brown 20 Nov 2012, 6:45pm

    There are MANY individuals coming together to see what they can do to support the LGBT community and actually host a pride event.

    Please remember that a lot of the time those involved go over and above what is required of them and many volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise.

    After this year’s fiasco, those putting forward bids are ONLY too well aware of the depth of feeling amongst many.

  7. Staircase2 21 Nov 2012, 3:06am

    And yet nothing in the article talks about Boris Johnsons’s involvement in the fiasco or how Westmnster Council stitched the whole thing up by moving the goalposts only days before the event itself.

    COME ON, PINK NEWS! This stuff really matters!

  8. GingerlyColors 21 Nov 2012, 7:01am

    What started off in 1972 as a group of protesters marching down Oxford Street enduring indifference or hostility from bystanders while being accompanied by an intimidatingly large police presence has grown into a popular and colorful festival where diversity is celebrated. Of course the right organiser has to be found but anybody who takes on the challenge of hosting a major event like London Pride will have to arrange transport, close roads for the parade route and divert traffic, hire stewards, and organise bands, shows, fairgrounds plus a host of other logistical problems. I hope that London Community Pride or whoever else wins the bid to host the event for the next five years will be up to such a challenge.

    1. gingerlycolors for your information stewards for pride are not hire they are all volunteers

      1. Actually Stewards & Security are hired for all events on a scale as Pride – there are of course many volunteers who vitally complement the hired security & stewards.

        1. stewards for pride are all volunteers only security staff if you can call this security staff are hired and paid it is two differents entity

  9. i did not know G-A-Y was a non profit organisation. who will decide which organoisation will run the organisation of pride for the next 5 years?? why don t we ask the community itself. when were the meeting?? who was invited to take part of the discussion. not vert clear and it does not look reall democratic. let’s don’t forget that boris and westminster council are as well big part of the fiasco from last year world pride, especcially when you know that boris got a £500k emergency fund who could have saved pride last year but we are not imprtant enough and he does not really care about LGBT community especially when you know that the funding given to pride by GLA is half of the amount given to notting hill carnival organisers. let’s all think about it

    1. I recall a meeting at Heaven, chaired by GSN, and then several meetings chaired by LGBT Consortium which were held at the TUC.

      During these meetings it seems, from looking at the names on the London Community Pride website, that these people grouped together to put forward this bid.

      It’s more than any other Pride organisers in London have done for a VERY VERY long time.

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