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, biphobia, transphobia 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 for the BBC until leaving in 2009 to help make the first Bristol Pride (in its current iteration) happen, following his passion to actually make a difference. He brings with him a vast experience in programming and running events, marketing and engagement as well as delivering workshops on, and speaking about, equality and diversity. In 2019 Daryn stepped down as CEO but due to covid19 has stayed on to help us through this challenging time and is looking after programming and festival sponsorship. We are very proud that Daryn was awarded Freedom of The City of Bristol in 2020, though due to Covid-19 is yet to pick up his certificate!
Freddie is one of the Pride trustees and for many years coordinator of the community area and other stalls at Pride, so will be a familiar face, seen dashing about the festival. He also pitches in with anything and everything that’s thrown at him and has been supporting Pride for many years now. He started volunteering with us 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.
Graphic designer for some big brands and local companies in Bristol, Jayne has been working with Bristol Pride since 2010. The brain-child of our film festival Queer Vision, from designing the brand, programming and developing QV into a submissions festival partnering with Iris Prize.
In the early years of Bristol Pride Jayne stepped into the breach when our team was tiny, running the comedy night and looking after artists on the main stage, utilising her experience of festival and artist work at Glastonbury main, jazz and dance stages. Currently managing our main stage, which has become a firm favourite on the pride circuit for many artists.
As one of our trustees, Jayne puts over a decade of festival experience and knowledge into supporting the continued development, political and social importance of Bristol Pride.
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.
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.
Ross has volunteered for Pride since he was at university in 2010, and is now one of our Trustees. He teaches in a Bristol primary school and is committed to widening the representation and celebration of diverse identities and different families in education.
Eve joined the team in 2020 as the new Festival Director.