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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.
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.
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 the LGBT+ community who bring along their skills, experience and passion to Pride in between their day jobs. Just some of team:
Working in equality & diversity for over 16 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 who can often be found running events, training workshops, working with corporate partners and dancing to 80s music.
A job title won’t do justice. Pride trustee and 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.
Jayne has helped with Pride for several years starting off managing events and coordinating volunteers. Spending the last few years making the Queer Vision film festival happen Jayne now focuses on our Green Room and is a Trustee of the charity. Keeping calm under pressure, utilising her fantastic skills and warm personality Jayne is also our main stage Artist Liaison on Pride Day.
We somehow 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 liaises with our many organisations who offer their support and funding to Pride.
Yet another superstar and unsung hero from Pride.
David has helped with Pride for many years and been instrumental in managing our onsite logistics.
Trustee to the charity, David asks the challenging questions, works across all site teams, planning and….. meddling!
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. 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.
Volunteering with us on Pride Day for years, he's custodian of the energy drinks, sweets and grapes in our Green Room for artists. Passionate about gaming he's naturally the perfect person to help us coordinate our LGBT+ gaming event during Bristol Pride Week.
Coordinating our Pride Day Volunteers and looking at our longer term strategy and policies. Fun Stuff! Part of our Cultural Investment Programme to help look at making Pride more sustainable and ensuring all our incredible volunteers are well looked after.
A familiar face on the gates for the festival, often with daughter Lilly to tug on your heart strings while collecting donations! Sarah has been an incredible help for many years especially at events and in counting out the coppers from the donation buckets.
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.
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.
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.