‘Matter Of Pride’ aims to re-examine what pride really means within the LGBTQ+ community, and how Pride in London can help shape and better their experiences.

Pride in London have partnered with YouGov to find out what pride means to the LGBTQ community, and how they, as an organisation, “can work to create events for all”.

The survey – called ‘Matter of Pride’ – will explore the diverse experiences and attitudes of the community, and will cover issues such as identity and discrimination. It will also look into concerns and outlooks for the future, and views on the progression of LGBTQ rights.

This move follows Stonewall’s decision to quit Pride in London last week over “concerns about the lack of diversity and inclusion”, instead extending its support of UK Black Pride.

Reacting to Stonewall’s decision and statement, a spokesperson for Pride of London said: We will always welcome Stonewall to march with pride in the Parade, and we hope to welcome their team at many community-driven events that will take place this year, during the Pride Festival.

“Embracing diversity in all its forms, and supporting organisations like UK Black Pride, is absolutely at the heart of our mission as a team. Our volunteers work hard to put on an event that is for everyone. It brings our diverse community together and gives groups, individuals, and organisations the opportunity to show what pride means to them.

“We are working closely with the Community Advisory Board and are dedicated to making Pride a success for all our communities – from those who have never been involved, to those who come back year-on-year, enabling them to celebrate, protest and march for equality.”

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Announcing their decision to not support Pride in London in 2018, Stonewall stated: “We know this is an event that’s important to many in our communities and very much hope to attend in future years.

“However last year, Pride in London’s Community Advisory Board again raised concerns about the lack of diversity and inclusion at Pride in London – particularly of black and minority ethnic communities.

“Pride in London rejected those concerns from the community in the strongest terms and, as yet, have failed to make any public acknowledgment that they may need to make significant changes if Pride in London is to be an event for everyone. ”

They added: “We continue to be very willing to support Pride in London on this journey and recognise that they are taking some steps to increase the diversity of Pride in London and the events around it.

“We’re looking to support Prides around Britain to create events that are as inclusive as possible of all LGBT people in their communities.

“It is vital that organisations listen to those they represent and respond with an openness to improve and change.”

You can take Pride in London’s survey here.

UK Black Pride will take place on Sunday, 8 July, a day after Pride in London on Saturday, 7 July.

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