5 July 2012
This year’s theme is 'One World, One Pride, One Voice', an expression of solidarity, challenge and hope for all LGBT people everywhere, who face fear, discrimination, hatred, violence and even death.
There will be a stall promoting PCS campaigns to the public and Pride celebrants.
Despite the event being significantly curtailed at the last minute, World Pride is still going to be one of the biggest LGBT events that the UK will ever host. Although the event organisers have available an emergency injection of funds to keep the event running, we understand Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority have refused to reinstate the original Pride arrangements of a full parade with floats and extended celebrations in Soho. Consequently, PCS Proud has lobbied the London mayor to demonstrate his support for World Pride and for the many thousands of LGBT people who live, work, play in and visit London. Sadly, for some but not PCS, World Pride is not a significant enough occasion to trumpet, celebrate and be proud of.
The World Pride procession starts at Baker Street at 11am on Saturday and there is a variety of other events throughout the day, including celebrations in Trafalgar Square from 1pm where international artists, performers, activists and speakers will entertain the crowd.
Many other trade unions, LGBT charities and community groups have lost out financially - all at a time of cuts and losses of jobs and services when these groups are needed even more. Pride is an event about hope and solidarity, where LGBT communities express their diversity, become visible and by doing so openly challenge those who would oppress and discriminate them and all of us. That is something to be proud of.