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April will be crunch time for Pride in London says chairman

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  1. Why is Pink News trying to destroy London Pride? They keep publishing articles with an entirely false doom-mongering negative spin. The April deadline is about giving participants confidence that the event will go ahead as planned and not be suddenly hugely reduced at the last minute like last year. There is no suggestion at the moment that the event will be “axed”.

    1. PantoHorse 25 Feb 2013, 3:16pm

      I agree. Their last headline focused only on the negative too.

      I heard there were plans to ask the community at large to put their hands in their pockets for a couple of quid – where’s the link to that?

      Why are they not using these news opportunities as a push for getting the community behind the event?

    2. Jock S. Trap 25 Feb 2013, 3:24pm

      It seems they will get it in the neck whatever they do.

      I’d rather the honesty to this years to the travesty of last years farce to hide their own egos.

      At least we can see what needs to be done.

      People will volunteer and organisations will see what is needed.

  2. Why don’t they crowd source some of the funding.

    1. Cardinal Fang 25 Feb 2013, 3:16pm

      “they” ?

  3. factsandfigures 25 Feb 2013, 2:53pm

    Why doesn’t the pride community CIC list how the £280,000 plus the Grant from London will be utizilied, that be open and transparent with the LGBT community, asking for £280,000 from community support and not listing how it will be used and spent could resolve this issue?

    Previous items of news, refer http://www.policymic.com/articles/10898/london-pride-2012-leaves-lgbts-asking-if-gay-pride-parades-have-lost-all-meaning

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/06/28/pride-london-funding-shortfall-sees-worldpride-heavily-scaled-back/

    http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/node/202

    http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1104774&SubsidiaryNumber=0 (Pride London Accounts)

    1. Bear in mind that all those web pages you are linking to are about the Pride organisation from last year, which as far as I am aware has no connection to the new one that is taking things forward from this year. Different people and a different organisation.

  4. Cardinal Fang 25 Feb 2013, 3:14pm

    Lets do something different this year – say a big Moonie-type wedding with 100,000 people “getting married” en masse in Central London. Or the election of a gay Pope in Trafalgar Square. Or a campaign for sheltered housing for elderly gays. You know, something actually RELEVANT to what’s going on for us and will get people engaged.

  5. Jock S. Trap 25 Feb 2013, 3:22pm

    I know what I said about this a couple of weeks ago but I do take my hat off to London Pride. They are showing they have learnt from the mistakes of last year in that they are coming forward early to show the problem they face.

    Last years farse was because of this problem the previous lost wanted to hide until it was too late.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Feb 2013, 3:39pm

    Why doesn’t someone with millions like Elton John fund it? £280,000 is nothing to him.

    1. Jock S. Trap 25 Feb 2013, 4:44pm

      Good point. 2, 3, 4 even at 100,000 quid each…. there’s supposed to be plenty of em in London.

      Hoping this is who this campaign is aimed out…. mine you Starbucks, Google and Amazon could contribute with the taxes they owe in the UK

      1. Jock S. Trap 25 Feb 2013, 4:45pm

        The amount left would probably fund London Pride for the next 20 years!

  7. Terence Weldon 25 Feb 2013, 3:57pm

    I was very impressed at the meeting last week, at how very much the team have got their act together. There is a strong board, with real experience and skills (unlike the previous people) to back their obvious dedication. They are also fully committed to both transparency and community invollvement – and at the meeting, made clear why additional funding is needed, how it will be used, and how they are setting about raising it.
    In warning of the dangers, they are not being negative, just realistic, There is every reason to believe that the event will go ahead, and will be excellent – but the sorry history means that they are starting late, and will be pushed for time, There is a real reason for the urgency or tone now. They need volunteers, and they need funding – and need to be certain, by April, that they are on track for both.
    Rather than griping, the most constructive thing we can do, is to make every effort to help them meet their targets.

    1. What an ass-kissing comment! I applaud you!
      Chairman Michael Salter is an advisor to PM on a salary of 65 grand a year.
      Pride bidding process should have been opened and it wasn’t.
      Isn’t it a conflict of interest? There wasn’t any transparent Pride bidding competition, he has simply opened the door to himself.
      Every person on the current board has no experience – they have all become directors overnight with very limited time to do anything.
      One person Andrew Jones on the board is a well-known fraud, how he’s got there is a mystery. He owes money to so many people in the gay community and suing everyone he knows including his relatives!
      It seems that the current board will suck as much of our tax money as it can from Boris and delay it until next year.

      1. totally agree with Banksy. It looks as Andrew Jones has been kicked out from the board – coincidence? Any more to follow? This ain’t lookin good

  8. it seems that there are some bad apples in London LGBT Community Pride board, take a look at this http://anonnews.org/forum/post/18176/

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