World Pride: London
As preparations begin for World Pride Day, celebrated in London on Saturday July 7th, formerly and still collectively known as London Pride, many speculate the event overall, as problems arise on the underlying surface.
In the run up to the event, which will see a Parade travel through Central London to celebrate liberation from oppression in the 21st century, Pride has been somewhat knocked by the handling.
Numerous do not feel proud, nor happy to be at the event, most feel has become a gathering for either all of Soho’s businesses to latch on to boost sales in bars and establishments, dejected from the event, as now being used to highlight to a worldly scale to show off rather than celebrate the country and its LGBT culture.
Some want to go but are put off, also feeling lost or non-important and shutout of the proceedings which is meant to encourage them to join in and be a t one with themselves and one another, from all walks of life in general, to meet people and be united.
For some this has not been the case. Feeling shut out or that the event has been altered to fit with a “brief” of some sort to show to the world what it offers when other world places celebrate.
Many simply don’t know anything about it, what happens and the festivals going on in the fortnight before the parade day nor the happenings after the march leading into the evening.
Pride do not update nor upload any information on what to expect, just a few names for a free concert and the map pulled from Google to show the parade event. Many don’t know whether they must stand in one space down the roads at railings or whether they must move with the parade. Others don’t know how to be a part of the parade or what to do with it.
Without any forward thinking, which has happened for years, many feel this is a big showoff event that is only for the twinks, or fit, buff toned beauties in their pants to show off, and in hindsight, gives the reputation of the LGBT community an inaccurate presentation, which continues to encourage abuse and hatred.
Some Islamic activists also plan to boycott the events around London preaching hate speech.
It is liberation that allowed you to stand there and abuse people, perhaps you should think about that?
Regardless, the biggest hit must have come when Patrick Williams, the chair of Pride London, finally resigned earlier this week.
It seems that the government and officials only jump on the band wagon, once the world does something. As diverse as London is, it chooses to stage an event once other parts of the world do so, so it can say we are doing it too. London used to be able to do its own thing and still be recognised for it.
Accusations that London Mayor, Boris Johnson and his seniors vetoed Gay Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell the opportunity to speak at the event on Saturday.
When questioned in City Hall, Jenny Jones who challenged for the role of Mayor posed the question to Johnson. Boris turned the question around to the campaigner being a member of the Green party. Most have no idea that Peter Tatchell was a member of the Green party, as never expressed by himself, as Jenny Jones mentions also.
Jones, a Green party politician, came third in the polls of seven candidates for the role of London Mayor.
Mistakes to the fiasco causing the head to resign as chair saw Smirnoff and Gaydar, plough more than £60,000 to allow the diverse event to function better, after Pride had not received enough financial support from the Conservative government. The Mayor had the opportunity to rescue the operation, which he claimed was “too late” to fund resources, which many feel is simply a blatantly lie or pass off to cover the fact they simply did not want to put money into an event for London’s LGBT community, liberation, and the most cultural capital in the world, London, currently in a state of Democracy, seemingly. The pride parade costs are claimed to be up to £100,000 or nearbouts.
Those running the proceedings are said to have used expensive contractors, from low support initially. Both City Hall and Pride bookers would not accept responsibility on both parts for causing a mass problem in running the festivities. Stakeholder, financers and advertisers were not included to help support the showcase further. The Mayor did not consult with a wider outreach of the LGBT community neither to gauge the level of detail wanting to be included to stage a solution. The GLA are believed to be demanding Pride to use certain contractors.
It is the Mayor’s role and duty to save and continue the Pride event. Many politicians have tried to cut the funding and allow the whole design to collapse in order for it to willingly fail to dissolve into nothingness. Pride is heading to its 40th anniversary, since beginning in 1972, which will see veterans lead the parade ceremony. London and its Mayoral team gagged the commission from being allowed to mention certain details to the LGBT community and press. The Pride event is seen more as a charity, than anything else. Last year Prime Minister David Cameron invited figures of the gay community who help drive the economy or support charities to a dining evening at No 10 Downing Street, by invitation only. Many felt it was to acquire what is now dubbed “the pink vote” in order to remain in politics.
Usually in the parade, floats are travelling though this year, they have been sensationally cut, but one item is allowed! Shopping Trolleys! Seriously! Decorate your trolley my dear, however no supermarkets have publicly advertised supplying them.
The event taking place just three weeks before the Olympic Games highlights a mass embarrassement to Westminster and the country at large.
With such a diverse, unique collective of independent people, unswayed by the mass media and capable of their own mind and decisions, while never hurting anyone in the process and just getting on with it, suffering continual abuse, while we have moved on from all forms of –ism consisting of racism, feminism, islamaphobia, terrorism and many more oppressive situations, the only thing left in the world to truly have an equal society is with the LGBT community. It is the one brushed under the carpet, but the last sole milestone to complete in stamping out abuse and differentially. If we truly live in a world that wants rid of abuse to faith, skin colour or any other form of abuse, surely this should be dealt with also? How can we allow something as big as Racism to become free to encourage Democracy, yet oppress others because it doesn’t “fit” the mainstream, or has are politicians filled with bigotry from the beginning?
Boris has barred Tatchell from speaking at LGBT events and in City Hall, which casts a serve level of discourse and distance to the LGBT community and what is really occurring in Westminster with its snobby politicians. One outcome is clear. Pride, and its community need to move forward rather than quietly trying to let it come into problems to use as an excuse to say that after 40 years, it can ‘quietly dissolve’ and disappear. The LGBT community are the most passionate, caring and supportive people in the world. They help charities and others, they support people in trouble. If you were dying on the street, they would wait with you, help nurse you and look after you instead of others who blindly look, leave or disappear and ignore. Many are individuals with their own mind who don’t follow crowds and contribute to society peacefully, supportively and democratically. If we were to loose this, to the street hatred we have now, encouraging mob culture, destruction and a lack in morals, we would all lose what London and the UK supposedly, truly stands for.