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Pride in London receives five-year funding to deliver capital’s Pride events

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announces £625,000 from City Hall to Pride in London for 2023-2027 LGBTQI+ celebrations.

By Emily Maskell

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Pride in London (Image: Twitter/@PrideInLondon)

Pride in London has been awarded five-year funding for London’s Pride events, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced.

Pride in London is set to receive up to £625,000 from City Hall to fund the capital’s LGBTQI+ celebrations from 2023-2027 after a competitive open tender process.

The London Mayor shared he is “delighted” to announce the funding to support Pride in London’s delivery of an inclusive parade through central London as well as a “representative programme of events and entertainment in Trafalgar Square.”

Mayor Khan shared: “London is a beacon of inclusiveness around the world and that is in part due to the powerful impact that the Pride march of solidarity and celebration has had on our society over the last five decades.”

“Pride in London has set out ambitious plans to work closely with all LGBTQI+ communities to put on an inclusive event over the coming years and I’m looking forward to seeing this delivered,” he added. 

London’s Pride events are the largest in the UK and this year’s march of solidarity and celebration attracted more than a million people.

This year’s Pride celebrations coincided with the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride march, a route that was re-traced half a century later by veterans from the Gay Liberation Front.

Pride in London’s bid for funding included the founding of a Community Advisory Council to collaborate with LGBTQI+ communities, a definitive anti-racism plan, an awards scheme to celebrate community achievements and a stage for the Trans community.

The non-profit has previously faced racism and bullying allegations; at the time, five senior members of Pride in London quit following the resignations of the organisation’s entire advisory board.

Christopher Joell-Deshields, Executive Director of Pride in London, said: “Pride in London is proud in this momentous year of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride in the UK to be awarded funding by City Hall.”

“Our dedicated team of volunteers look forward to engaging with LGBT+ communities to build better, ensuring that our platform amplifies national and global LGBT+ issues, celebrates our communities’ successes and empowers LGBT+ individuals through our values of visibility, unity and equality,” Joell-Deshields added.

“We look forward to announcing the date for 2023 in the coming weeks,” they concluded.