Pride in London has announced new commitments in its annual impact report that will increase parade sustainability, provide year-round community events and tackle corporate pinkwashing.
The report outlines 11 key strategic priorities that the organisation is pledging to implement for 2020, including maintaining high standards of accessibility, continuing to improve parade security and raising the profile of older LGBT+ people in the run up to Pride in London’s 50th anniversary in 2022.
In 2019, nearly 1.5 million spectators lined the streets to view London’s most diverse and accessible parade to date. The line up spanned the full range of the LGBT+ community, with more than 30,000 people from a variety of organisations taking to the streets to march or parade on July 6, 2019. With record demand once again, more than 590 groups took part – a 32 per cent increase on the number of groups marching in 2018.
For 2020, the organiser will evaluate the implementation of our new security measures and continue to build on these. These changes include the development of new guidelines for people/ groups who wish to counter-protest.
Michael Salter-Church, co-chair of Pride in London, said: “Pride in London’s mission continues to be as critical today as it was in 2013. We will continue to stand up against the voices of intolerance and hatred, use our platform to amplify voices in our community and work to ensure Pride galvanises us into action. Change is still required both in the UK and abroad and the battle for hearts and minds is not over – we still need those risk-takers, rule-breakers and change-makers. This great global city is at its best when most open and accepting, and when harnessing the talents of all its people and enabling them to live lives of equal dignity and respect.”
The full impact report can be viewed here.