Since the first Reading Pride festival in 2003 attendance has grown steadily year on year. In the festival’s inaugural year, there were 2,500 visitors; in 2013 numbers grew to 5,000 on the festival site at one time with over and above 10,000 people visiting the event throughout the day including over 300 participating in the parade.
At Reading Pride, the aims of our charity are to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. We work for the benefit of the community in Reading and around the Thames Valley. The purpose of Reading Pride is to raise awareness on issues affecting LGBT persons, by staging an annual festival.
We also support other charitable and voluntary organisations within the community throughout the year, developing an environment in favour of LGBT equality by providing information, advice and support.