Coventry Pride’s LGBT Community Plans and Progress

Since the successful launch of Coventry’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Pride in June 2015, the organisation became a registered charity in October, that same year. Succeeding this event, the charity has organised more and more events, growing in number from Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), World Aids Week, LGBT history month and much more. The first ever Pride event was so successful as it gained over 6000 attendees and was nominated by Coventry Telegraph peoples choice awards as “Best Live event 2015”.

Coventry Pride’s aim is to promote the equality and diversity of the LGBT community by hosting events for them, as well as raising awareness to the general public. With sponsors such as Coventry and Warwick University and organisations such as PRISM LGBTQ, which is a youth group for ages 13 – 21, they help to keep events such as this free and easy for anyone to attend. However, due to it being entirely voluntary, Pride really relies on volunteers to help run the events. “One problem that we do face is money,” says secretary MJ Symonds, who joined the board of Trustees a month ago. “It’s horrible because we just want to do the best we can and we want to make everything happen so that everyone is involved. It’s frustrating not being able to do everything and we worry that we can’t engage everyone.”

On Monday 13th November, Coventry Pride held a public meeting in the council house discussing the upcoming events they have planned. Coventry Pride will be held next year 9th – 10th June in the city centre. It features acts performing on 3 main stages around the centre, stalls and performances “The aim is to be bigger and better than last year,” says chairman Paul Desson Baxter. “We had over 12,000 visitors and tourists at Pride last year and we just aim to improve on what we have done so far.”

This week is Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) and Coventry pride are hosting an event, which will be held in Central Hall on Monday 20th November. “We want people to come and produce art and express themselves as much as possible,” says Aimee Challenor, engagement leader. “Trans Day of Remembrance is an important occasion and we want to raise awareness and get people involved as much as possible. We’ll be having speakers at the event to help change society and perceptions of Trans people.”

For more information about upcoming events on Pride visit their website http://www.coventrypride.org.uk

 

Adonelle Sagoe

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