New bidder sets out aims for LGBT Pride event

London Community Pride (LCP) has set out its aims for the future direction of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event celebrating gay pride in London.

Yesterday (20 November) the organisation confirmed that it has made an application to London mayor Boris Johnson to stage the annual event for the next five years.

The organisation’s main aim, according to gaystarnews.com, is to make London “a beacon” to other towns and cities across the world, by providing the LGBT community with a platform from which it can celebrate and campaign.

LCP spoke of its intentions to run run the festival over a three day period, with events taking place at numerable event venues right across London, culminating in the traditional Saturday rally in Trafalgar Square. LCP also confirmed it will finance the spectacle for the foreseeable future.

Last year’s event, organised by Pride London, received harsh criticism after the festivities were massively scaled back at the last minute. It later emerged this was due to cash concerns.

Speaking of bringing the spirit an scale back to the festival, Andrew Jones and Michael Salter, co-chairmen of London Community Pride, said: “London is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities on the planet. It is a city with a proud history of LGBT activism and engagement and a city that has embraced and made welcome the LGBT community.

“London, in short, should be a beacon to other towns and cities across the UK and the world, with pride events of the highest quality and we are confident that London Community Pride can deliver that vision,” cites pinknews.co.uk.