TUC attacks shambolic curtailment of London World Pride
3 July 2012
The TUC has attacked the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council for their decision to cut back the World Pride festival in London this weekend.
With the city hosting World Pride for the first time ever this Saturday, unions and community groups have spent the last few months ensuring a massive demonstration of support for the cause of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality.
Having provided substantial sponsorship for Pride for many years, the TUC said it was disappointed at the drastic curtailment of the events planned for 7 July at such short notice, and the message it sends to LGBT communities around the world about the capital's commitment to equality.
The TUC said that it believes Pride should be led by the LGBT communities, and will be calling a meeting of community organisations, LGBT activists and unions after World Pride to discuss how to avoid a similar fiasco in future.
Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary, said:
"In the year of World Pride, when we should be celebrating greater LGBT equality at home, and campaigning for more abroad, it's shameful that the main agencies responsible for enabling Pride to happen – the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council – have insisted on drastic reductions in the event, at a week's notice.
"London should be proud about celebrating its first ever World Pride. Instead, people will be asking why plans have been changed at the last minute and questioning the capital's commitment to LGBT equality."
The TUC criticism comes ahead of its annual LGBT conference in London on Thursday. Several hundred lesbian and gay union activists, including an NUJ delegation, will travel to central London for the two-day conference (5-6 July) to debate topical issues such as the impact of the cuts, transphobia in colleges, equal marriage, and discrimination and violence against the LGBT community internationally.