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Organisers say Pride in London 2013 could be cancelled

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  1. Jock S. Trap 19 Feb 2013, 9:22am

    So for pity sake.

    This year an event is important esp with the Marriage bill going through…. Get your finger out Pride organisers… Get it sorted already!

    1. “Organising something on that scale doesn’t come cheaply and depends on volunteers. So we are calling on potential sponsors and donors and on willing volunteers to step forward and work with us to make London and our community proud.”

      How are you “getting your finger out” Jock?

      1. Jock S. Trap 19 Feb 2013, 12:54pm

        I have long been a volunteer JohnS.

    2. Sister Mary Clarence 19 Feb 2013, 1:30pm

      Yes, I agree. The bloody committee need to get themselves in gear and quickly.

      Its going to need a table at The Ivy every day for at least the next month, and I hope they’ve got the Addison Lee account sorted out or they’re going nowhere (literally).

  2. Jack Holroyde 19 Feb 2013, 9:30am

    Oh dear, I guess that it’s impossible for gays to get off their arses and take to the streets without glossy sponsorship and plenty of alcohol vendors.

    Pride is a Protest, people – and we don’t need quarter of a million quid to show our colours.

    1. Same old same old. People want a massive great big party with dancing, drinking and entertainment until late into the night, but neither want to pay a penny for it or get off their arses to help make it happen.

      And then they wail that it’s some kind of ‘right’ to have a free party, forgetting all about the protest element.

      1. no1currr. We just want to get drunk & forget about our existence for the night.

  3. Find out how you can get involved to make Pride a success as a volunteer.

    http://Www.londoncommunitypride.org/get-involved.

  4. I for one might bother showing up if it looks like it’s not another exercise in corporate greed. Those of us who have lived abroad where real community Parades take place will know what I mean. We shall see

  5. Jack Holroyde has hit the nail on the head! If Pride London was organised as a “protest”, then a lot of the policing costs would go. I know of a couple of Prides in much smaller cities that are having to cancel this year because of the new charges the police have to make – like £10 a yard for the parade!

    1. factsandfigures 19 Feb 2013, 2:28pm

      With an already established Police Budget set till 2014, refer http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/priorities_and_how_we_are_doing/corporate/policing_london_business_plan_summary_2011-14.pdf , should not these events already be worked into the overall costings, thus no charge for it services?

  6. TheBrutalKremlin 19 Feb 2013, 10:03am

    It’s high time this entire thing was re-thought. It’s not 1960 anymore – and all these have become, as others have observed, is a corporate drug party. NO one gives as sh*t about a bunch of clowns parading through town. — Find a park, do a large installation of tents, and outreach, entertainment – or, a month-long series of events. I’ve seen the same in NYC, and Paris: just a cheap excuse to use drugs and drink. Little about community.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 19 Feb 2013, 2:15pm

      You mean like Black History Month?! Nah, the plebs/tax payers wouldn’t approve of supporting the LGBT community for a whole month when they can barely muster the enthusiasm to do it for a wet weekend once a year.

    2. Jock S. Trap 19 Feb 2013, 2:17pm

      I do thing it’s wrong to tar everyone in that bracket when it’s just a minority of people.

    3. Spanner1960 21 Feb 2013, 9:21am

      That’s the point: There hasn’t been a “community” for over 30 years.
      It’s time Pride was put out to pasture like CND rallies.

  7. You are all so negative. Do you know how much it costs to stage? Who do you people suggest pays for it – Santa Claus?
    I hope it’s cancelled and there’s never another one again because that’s what we deserve. I wonder how many of you moaning have given any money or volunteered?

    1. whatdoiknow 19 Feb 2013, 11:29am

      Let see a published use of the funds, which would help people saying yes, we support this?

      Funds such as http://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/grants/funding-guidelines/ , http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/ and that provided through http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/funderfinder coulbe used!

  8. Yet again, a misleading headline to grab attention.

    The Pride organisers have put out an overwhelmingly positive message, and you pick up on the possibility that, if we don’t get, etc etc…..

    1. Yes, the headline should focus on the positive message of ‘get involved it’s going to be great’, not ‘if you don’t we’ll have to cancel’.

  9. Julian Morrison 19 Feb 2013, 11:08am

    For goodness sake, put up a crowd funding account (indiegogo or something)

  10. whatdoiknow 19 Feb 2013, 11:24am

    Has the Chair, the board members tried corporate sponsership before it decided to release this news item? Also what free corporate/private support could also be received in which the total sum of £280,000 might not be need, it would be helpful if a published proposel of how the monies are to be used, this might help people put thier hands in the wallets in support!

  11. Suddenly Last Bummer 19 Feb 2013, 2:12pm

    Could be? Should be.

  12. Spanner1960 19 Feb 2013, 5:26pm

    *Yawn!*
    Gay Pride… blah… money… blah… squabble… blah… queenie hissy fits storm out in a huff… blah…

    Three words:
    Brewery. Organise. Pissup.

  13. I’ve always enjoyed Pride throughout the years and found it a great comfort,when coming out, to see all of the people, flamboyant or not, coming together as one.

    It should be a protest. it should also be a party, a celebration. It can’t be all things to all people, but I feel that there should always be an element of fun involved.

    I personally didn’t mind corporate sponsors there. I thought it was good to see Ford and BT with floats: that’s mainstream acceptance to me.

    I think that if people had a reasonable idea of what to expect, they’d feel more confident and be more likely to know how to help if it’s needed.

    I’ll be there whatever. Fingers crossed it’s a good one.

  14. I hope this Pride will push through. It is at these times were people with different sexual preference get in the street and shout out to the world that we are born this way and we should be accepted and loved as humans.

  15. Iv only been pride 2 times and now the marriage is on track this year has to celebrate that the true meaning of pride to me is not about the big party its to show that we matter too

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