Stonewall quits Pride in London over failure to involve black and ethnic minority communities

London Pride on Regent's Street, 2017

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Britain’s biggest LGBT charity has quit Pride in London and accused organisers of failing to represent non-white communities.

Stonewall said the annual pride event had ignored repeated “concerns about the lack of diversity and inclusion”.

Last year the organisation that runs Pride in London denied allegations from its own community advisory board that bosses refused to meet with activists from UK Black Pride.

Stonewall says it will now take a bigger role in UK Black Pride, which traditionally takes place on the same day, as it cites racism as a major ongoing problem among LGBT communities.

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People take part in the annual Pride in London Parade (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

In a statement the charity said: “We have also made the decision not to attend Pride in London this year.

“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. ”

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) take part in the annual Pride Parade in London on June 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)


The row comes after Pride in London’s Independent Community Advisory Board (CAB) tore into the organisation over its perceived failures.

Organisers were accused of breaking down relationship and trust between the UK’s biggest LGBT celebration and UK Black Pride “irretrievably”.

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