On the eve of London Pride and on the exact day 50 years on since the GLF first marched in London, our Chair Paul explains why the choir wont be marching and how we are celebrating pride in other ways this year.
Last year you might remember the Pink Singers decided to not take part in the Pride In London parade or associated events whilst the organisers worked on some equality and diversity issues. We have met with them again at an open community meeting and whilst some progress is being made with regard to new volunteer policies and training, we’d like to see evidence and public communication of some more concrete change.
So what does that mean for this year?
We’ve decided we will again sit out the main Pride in London parade this year. Instead, we will celebrate pride by joining other LGBT+ community pride events in London throughout the summer, including the GLF 50th anniversary march on 1 July, UK Black Pride, London Trans+ Pride and UK Bi Pride. We hope to see you there!
We want Pride in London to succeed and we have already taken part in the Science museum lates pride event this week, which we enjoyed immensely and was a great success. We look forward to participating in London’s pride parade in future and working with its organisers to develop the working relationship and align our organisation’s shared vision of inclusion and equality.