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About Us

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since the first Festival in 2004 attendance has grown steadily year-on-year with over 15,000 people visiting the event throughout the day and well over 3,000 participating in the Parade.

Mission Statement

To promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination particularly in relation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and associated communities (collectively known as ‘LGBTQ+’), in particular but not exclusively within Reading and The Thames Valley (the "area of benefit") for the benefit of the public by raising awareness of issues affecting said communities, in particular by promoting and staging an annual festival and making grants and/or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations with the object of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality. To provide information, advice and support to the LGBTQ+ community and others in order to promote the well-being of said communities and with the objective of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality.