Entries in Pride (3)

Monday
Sep072015

SWEDEN TO HOST EUROPRIDE 2018

Two cities, one country - for a united Europe open to the world. Stockholm Pride and Gothenburg’s West Pride collaborate to host Europride 2018.
 

The European Pride Organisers Association has decided that Stockholm Pride and West Pride in Gothenburg will host EuroPride in both cities in summer 2018. 

"We’re looking forward to a summer painted with the colors of the rainbow, with a dazzling celebration, discussion and manifesting the equal rights of all people, starting in Gothenburg in June and ending in August in Stockholm. We want to challenge the framework of what a Pride festival is. Every festival is part of a larger battle for the equal rights of all people. By collaborating with other festivals in Sweden and Europe, we’re showing that Pride and the LGBT movement are bigger than each week and city,” say Sandra Ehne, Chairperson of Stockholm Pride, and Laila Poulsen, Chairpeople of West Pride.

The summer of 2018 will be filled with joy, politics and solidarity in Sweden – and the organisers aim to challenge norms and shine a spotlight on LGBT issues and everyone’s right to love who they want and be who they are. In the spirit of collaboration and joining forces, we will place extra emphasis on international solidarity.

“It is with great joy that I welcome EuroPride 2018 to Gothenburg! The rights of LGBT individuals are human rights and human dignity is international. Together, we can make a difference in the world,” says Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg.

Sweden and Stockholm held EuroPride 1998 and 2008. On yet another 10 year anniversary, Sweden has yet another= opportunity to demonstrate how LGBT rights have developed in 20 years, while simultaneously carrying out the 25th EuroPride event – in what is known as one of the most open-minded countries in the world. 

"Stockholm is known worldwide as an open city, and we are happy and proud to welcome EuroPride for the third time. We have the necessary capacity to hold this kind of big event, and I look forward to welcoming visitors from Sweden and the rest of the world to EuroPride 2018,” says Karin Wanngård, Commissioner of Finance in Stockholm.

“I’m thriled that Sweden will have the opportunity to host this globally renowned LGBT celebration in both our largest cities. Stockholm was earlier this year honoured as “Destination of the Year” at the British LGBT Awards as a result of a public vote and we have been doing great work to attract more LGBT people to holiday in Gothenburg and West Sweden. West Pride has grown as an event in which people from the UK travel to and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put all of Sweden in the spotlight and highlight what an amazing destination we are for LGBT travellers,” says Gabriel Dorch, of VisitSweden in the UK.

In 2015, EuroPride was held in Riga. In 2016 it will be in Amsterdam and in 2017, EuroPride will stand back for World Pride, which will take place in Madrid.

For more information, interviews, images, please contact UWERN JONG -uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk 
Wednesday
May092012

LGBT? WELCOME TO CAMDEN

Camden LGBT Forum launches pioneering advice and safety project: C.L.A.S.P.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


London based LGBT charity, the Camden LGBT Forum is today celebrating its 10th year anniversary by launching  the CAMDEN LGBT ADVICE AND SAFETY PROJECT (CLASP), the first of its kind in London.


THE BIG GAY SUMMER

Ahead of what LGBT London is calling “The Big Gay Summer” with millions of LGBT people coming into London for celebrations including World Pride, the Cultural Olympiad and the Olympics, the Forum is urging businesses and organisations in the London Borough of Camden to be ready to welcome LGBT visitors (and London residents alike) to the area.


ADVICE + SAFETY = A WARM WELCOME


This pioneering initiative aims to extend the network of safe and welcoming spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people who live, visit and work in the Borough of Camden. By promoting visibility of “LGBT friendly” organisations in the area, CLASP will provide welcoming environments, focus points and sanctuary (in the event of any homophobic or transphobic bullying or attack) for LGBT people on the streets of the London Borough of Camden – not forgetting that the borough’s borders extend beyond Camden into Hampstead, Kings Cross, Russell Square and parts of Bloomsbury – all areas with a high number of LGBT visitors and residents.


“The point of this programme is firstly to show the world that Camden is an open-minded, safe place for LGBT visitors and that businesses and organisations, gay or straight owned, in Camden welcome LGBT people and and are proud to say so by displaying our CLASP stickers in their windows.


Secondly, if necessary, we provide training to all organisations and businesses to help them understand LGBT culture, including the discrimination that LGBT visitors may face and the support businesses and other organisations can provide if this does happen. This project brings different sectors of the communities in Camden together in a way that has not been done before.  It shows how supportive organisations and businesses in Camden can be to each other and to LGBT people in particular and helps to bring awareness and understanding about LGBT issues whilst making Camden a safer place overall.


I am encouraged and proud to say that many businesses and organisations , including faith groups, have signed-up already, most of them what we call “straight-allies” (non-LGBT businesses and organisations);  which sends out a powerful signal that the people of Camden reject prejudice.

I’m confident that support for this programme will extend beyond the Big Gay Summer in London to other businesses, voluntary & community groups and organisations in Camden and perhaps even beyond by becoming a London-wide initiative” – Lou Hart, Director of Camden LGBT Forum


The scheme, which will see over 70 organisations take part is launched with input and support from the Metropolitan Police, Camden Council’s Community Safety & Camden Businesses Against Crime, Crime Reduction Initiative, Camden Town Unlimited, the British Transport Police and other partners. A list of some of the fantastic organisations signed up is attached.


Participating organisations will proudly display a CLASP sticker (image attached) at their place of work and also distribute a CLASP booklet that will provide useful information to LGBT visitors to the area.


There will also be a launch event for the scheme in June, where you’ll get to meet members and advocates of the scheme and talk to them personally. We will issue invitations shortly.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT UWERN JONG: uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or call 0203 286 3170. INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED AT REQUEST.

Notes to the Editor

About CAMDEN LGBT FORUM

Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people and holds a monthly meeting open to all LGBT people in the London Borough of Camden and those with concerns about LGBT issues. It meets on the first Tuesday of the month; usually from 6- 8 pm at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street. Camden WC1H 9JE.  (However, phone the office on 020 7388 5720 to be sure).


It is a registered charity no. 1107855 and a company limited by guarantee no. 05132434. Formed in 2002, and registered as a charity in 2005, this is the Forum’s 10th year anniversary. The Forum’s aim is to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in or working in Camden and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London, for the benefit of the public.

camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Friday
May042012

SECRETARY CLINTON WINS PRESTIGIOUS WORLDPRIDE AWARD



US SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON WINS PRIDE LONDON’S “WORLD LGBT AWARD” TO BE PRESENTED AT THE WORLDPRIDE GALA DINNER (DINE-WITH-PRIDE) 


PRIDE LONDON is proud to announce that it has decided to award US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton the “World LGBT Award” in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

The award will be presented at the World Pride Gala Dinner, ‘Dine-with-Pride’ – a star-studded, black-tie fundraiser for Pride London to be held on Thursday 5th July 2012 in London.

The fundraiser will support Pride London’s newly created 'Solidarity Fund'. This will support organisations in the Commonwealth that work with and for the LGBT community to tackle homophobia and transphobia. The evening will be attended by politicians, celebrities and leading figures from the LGBT community.

 

In addition, we will be presenting an “International Community Award” presented to an international non-governmental organisation that fight tirelessly for the rights of the global LGBT community. We’re proud to announce that this award will go to ILGA - the international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

DINE WITH PRIDE

Starting at 6.30pm with a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal interspersed with entertainment and guest speakers and presentations from the world of LGBT rights before dancing the night away till late. 

Tickets cost £250 per person with all proceeds going to the Solidarity Fund and can be purchased online at www.pridelondon.org or by emailing sahran@pridelondon.org

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Uwern Jong, Director of Communications
uwern.jong@pridelondon.org

Please copy press@pridelondon.org on all emals

NOTES

About Secretary Hillary Clinton

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. On January 21, 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States.

state.gov/secretary/index.htm

About ILGA

ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trands and Intersex Association – the only worldwide federation campaigning for LGBTI rights since 1978. IGLA’s aim is to work for the equality of LGBTI people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. IGLA seeks to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of their members. 

 

igla.org


About WorldPride and Pride London

The Pride London Press Office can be contacted via Press@PrideLondon.org – the mailbox is monitored by a number of Press Officers and we will respond to requests quickly

 

  1. Key facts:

  •  Pride London is the biggest un-ticketed event in Europe

  • It is a registered charity No. 1104774 and staffed entirely by volunteers


For more information on Pride London and WorldPride:


Web:                       www.pridelondon.org
Facebook:                www.facebook.com/pridelondon Twitter:                   @pridelondon