Pride is a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT+ rights movements throughout the world.
Bristol Pride is also a chance to celebrate our community. Organised by members of the LGBT+ community Pride is the chance for all LGBT+ people, their friends, families and allies to stand up and declare they are proud of who they are and their loved ones.
Bristol Pride is a registered charity (1166817) organised by volunteers from the community. We work all year round to challenge homophobia and promote equality and diversity, for all, through various events, school visits, consultation services and lobbying – check out our Project Work page for more info.
As an organisation our mission is to focus on these issues:
To bring the community together to celebrate, create understanding, opportunities for engagement and to tackle discrimination. We also want to create safe and positive events and opportunities for younger people to connect with the established community
To challenge hearts and minds and to be a beacon of positive social diversity both here in the UK and for those 77 countries where it is still illegal to be LGBT
To not only help shape policy and procedure but to engage in the local and wider political landscape to not only further but to also maintain human right for LGBT communities everywhere
Bristol Pride is an annual free festival held in the heart of Bristol to celebrate the LGBT communities. We believe Pride should remain a free and accessible event for all to attend, not just those that can afford it, to ensure we reach all of the community and promote social cohesion. We do this (and can only do this) by working with our sponsors and partners to help fund the festival, by asking for your kind donations and working long hours as unpaid volunteers. We don’t get funding so without your support we will have to make Pride a charging event so please get a supporter wristband if you can.
As Pride is free and we are a not-for-profit organisation we don’t make money (that’s not what Pride is about) and rely on a lot of goodwill from artists, performers and you. Your donations and support enable Pride to happen, support our year round work challenging homophobia in schools, prisons and whoever else will have us, and every year we support a charity or community group who have similar goals in the area, by giving them what we can.
Who We Are:
There are a lot of people involved in making Pride happen, from venue owners and the staff asking their businesses to get involved right through to directors and business owners keen to show their support, pride and commitment to equality and diversity in Bristol.
Pride is organised by volunteers from LGBT Bristol who bring along their skills, experience and passion to Pride in between their day jobs. Just some of team:
Daryn J Carter
Bristol Pride Director, Programming and Partnerships
Working in equality & diversity for over 13 years Daryn worked as a Recruitment Manager at BBC Bristol and BBC Monitoring before leaving in 2009 to help make Pride happen and follow a passion to actually make a difference. With vast experience in running events, marketing and the ability to juggle (a lot) Daryn is a freelance Marketing Manager and Director of We Are: Fest CIC, running events, workshops, working with corporate partners, dancing to 80s music and playing Singstar.
A job title won’t do justice, Director of We Are Fest CIC, coordinator of the community area and other stalls at Pride he also pitches in with anything and everything that’s thrown at him. Freddie is another person who has been with us for a few years ing started volunteering with Pride when he was Social Secretary for the LGBT Soc at Bristol University where he graduated in Animal Welfare & Behaviour which must be where he learnt how to herd cats.
Film Festival Director and Artist Liaison
A super star we couldn’t do without! Jayne has helped with Pride for several years starting off managing events and coordinating volunteers. She now directs our Queer Vision film festival which is an exciting & diverse range of LGBT+ films in Pride Week and throughout the year. Keeping calm under pressure, utilising her fantastic skills and warm personality Jayne is also our main stage Artist Liaison on Pride Day.
Parade & Volunteer Manager
We some how managed to rope John in to help with Pride having only just arrived in Bristol from Australia. Keen to get stuck in and get to know the community John manages the Parade which involves coordinating organisations, the public and importantly the volunteers who keep it moving, manage traffic and our giant rainbow flag.
To volunteer with Pride visit our Volunteering Page to sign up
Logistics & Site Coordinator
Yet another superstar and unsung hero from Pride.
David has helped with Pride for many years and been instrumental in managing our waste, recycling and onsite teams.
Now a fellow Director of Pride, David asks the challenging questions, works across all site teams and is in charge of all site logistics, planning and….. meddling!
Matt is our volunteer accountant, he’s an ever watchful eye and lover of the spreadsheet! Matt is volunteering to help us keep track of incoming and the LOTS of outgoings for Pride.
Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on with lots of costs you may not think of like the toilets, staging, equipment, fencing and security so we need to know where the money to pay for this is going to come from especially when running a free festival.
As a Youth and Community Worker – for LGBT Young People at Bristol City Council who better placed to help us coordinate our Youth Area at Pride than Mitch. She helps liaise with youth organisations to ensure participation and representation at Pride as well as making a fun and engaging space for young people.
Aled came on board in 2013 after we managed to find the funding to bring back the Cabaret Stage, a much loved element of Bristol Pride Day. One of our own Bristol Scene Queens you can often catch Aled or his alter ego Miss Beaver at the Retreat (Shout out to supporter Mis Match and Russell Coglan here too!).
Not afraid to be a little gobby when it comes to fundraising Aled coordinates drag artists from all over the UK to perform in Bristol.
Paperwork, Gaming and Green Room
Pete has been volunteering with us on Pride Day for a few years and is custodian of the energy drinks, sweets and grapes in our Green Room behind main stage for artists and performers. Pete also helps us traverse the tricky paperwork needed for licencing and events but has a passion of gaming so is naturally the perfect person to help us coordinate our gay gaming event during Bristol Pride Week.
Social Media has become ever more important and we have many ways to keep in touch with you and share information (click on the little icons above to connect with Pride!). With that comes a lot of logins, posts and replies to manage – enter Jay! We’ve known Jay for years, initially tapping up her amazing creative decor skills we’ve now tasked her with making sure you all know what’s going on! She has her fingers on the pulse of Pride.
Education and Outreach Hero
Having studied Maths & Physics at Bristol Uni, and been president of their LGBT society, Ross went on to do a PGCE and confronted homophobia in schools with a project on bullying. Continuing this work with the Diversity In Schools project Ross brings with him 1st-hand knowledge of homophobia and bullying in schools –which we are committed to standing up to.
Sadly London stole Charlotte away from Bristol after she graduated but we wanted to keep her involved and who better to tell the lovely Londoners about the joys of Bristol Pride.
Special thanks to David from Liquid Lizard design for our wonderful branding and Hayley who is whipping our design work into shape.