Over the last two weeks, the new trustees of the Isle of Wight Pride charity have reached out to work with the community and are pleased to announce that as a result an event will now take place again this year.
The 2019 event will build on the legacy created from the island’s first pride in 2017 and the hosting of UK Pride last year, none of which would have been possible without the dedicated work and passion of a committed group of people, including the former trustees who had a vision for what needed to be done.
The main IW Pride event will take place in Ryde, Isle of Wight on Saturday July 20th 2019. The Parade will take place in the morning from 11am to 12pm. The main site will be open from late morning. We are currently exploring with local businesses to see if events can be held by them on Friday afternoon/evening and also the possibility of having a second event on the Sunday in light of the absence of the Ryde Slide this year.
New Pride Trustee Laura Fraser said:
“It’s great news for all of us on the Isle of Wight, that we will once again be able to celebrate inclusion and diversity over the weekend of July 20th and 21st 2019. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us to make this happen and we will need to once again harness the energy and enthusiasm of volunteers to do this.”
New Pride Trustee John Brownscombe said:
“Although the reasons for the previous trustees plan for a ‘fallow’ year for Isle of Wight Pride in 2019 were understood, there is a heartfelt feeling in many quarters that such an approach could lose something that in a short time has made such a difference to our community and has come to mean so much to so many. We have been glad to be able to get together with many people who have come forward wanting to help us make it happen again this year.”
New Pride Trustee Andy Newman said:
“We are now looking to work with the businesses in Ryde to help us ‘Pride up Ryde’ for the weekend. We would like to thank everyone that has come forward to offer their time and skills for Isle of Wight Pride in 2019. We will be in touch soon. More volunteers will be needed over the next few months and particularly over the Pride weekend. We would ask anyone who thinks they can spare some time to help to please get in touch”.
Debbie Andre, who returns as Parade Director, said:
‘Expect a colourful, spectacular parade to begin our IW Pride 2019 celebration on Saturday 20th July, as once again we all come together to show solidarity with the LGBTQI community on our island and across the world. A true expression of love and diversity to bear witness to the advances in equality for all here on our Island and in the UK, whilst recognising that in many countries across the world, people are still unable to be their authentic selves due to threat of punishment or death.’
While things are still being planned, as has become the tradition for the event, there will be lots to do on 20th July including many free activities and stalls to explore. Please watch out for more announcements over the next few weeks and put the date in your diary to come and join the celebrations.
Our patron Steve Taylor, of the European Pride Organisers Association, said:
‘I’m really pleased that Isle of Wight Pride, with support of others from the community, have been able to ensure there will be an event for LGBTI islanders this year. From humble beginnings Isle of Wight Pride has changed hearts and minds and, with the renewed vigour now present, I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come. I can’t wait to return to Ryde this July.’
Isle of Wight Pride is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no. 1175094). Our charitable objectives are to raise public awareness about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBTQI); to cultivate a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity and in particular, through celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQI community and to stage an annual LGBTQI festival and smaller events throughout the year to further these causes. The Trustees of the CIO are John Brownscombe, Laura Fraser, Andy Newman and Peter Leonard.