A Matter Of Pride

Have your say by taking part in Pride In London's biggest ever research project


Pride in London 2017. Michele Ghidoni.


To find out what pride means 46 years since the first protest through the streets, Pride in London has launched its largest ever research project - A Matter of Pride (#matterofpride) as part of making this year’s event the most diverse and inclusive ever. 



The volunteer-led organisation, which puts on hundreds of events that culminate in a parade through the capital’s streets, wants to hear the views of the whole LGBTQ+ community - estimated to be over one million people within the UK population.


Starting with volunteers and community groups, the group has been asking, “What does pride mean to you?” and now, to mark the end of LGBT History Month, the Community Interest Company is launching a major nationwide consultation in partnership with YouGov. 


Pride in London 2017. Lee Morgan.


“Over the past half decade we have learnt a tremendous amount about what it takes to organise Pride, and have gained invaluable feedback to get to where we are today - the second biggest pride in the world", said Alison Camps, Co-Chair of Pride in London.


"As we go into the next five years, we have to unearth what ‘pride’ really means in today’s climate. We celebrate Pride because it matters, but we know it means different things to each of us.


"A Matter of Pride covers identity, discrimination, concerns and outlook for the future. It will give members of the LGBTQ+ community the opportunity to speak up and answer ‘what does pride mean to you?’ We are relying on as many people as possible to tell us what they think, so we continue to make what we do open to all."


Pride in London Parade 2017. David Nash.


The survey is part of a calendar of activities including debates, talks and qualitative research - all of which will shape how Pride looks in 2018 and beyond. 


Christopher Joell-Deschields, father of two and Community Engagement Director, added: “This year we are taking a fresh approach. With the issues that the community faces, such as racism, ageism and many other prejudices, we carry the responsibility to put on a Pride for everyone.


"As volunteers, we want open dialogue and conversation around what Pride needs to be, to help make this happen.


"A Matter of Pride is an important way of creating this dialogue and engagement within the communities we represent, and we are calling on them to get involved by taking part, and sharing it among friends and networks."


The survey is hosted in-kind by YouGov and can be completed here: www.prideinlondon.org/survey


The community can also participate by calling 020 3745 5560 or 0844 344 5428 or attending Pride in London’s next open meeting, which will take place later this month. Details of which will be published on www.prideinlondon.org



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