Hello and welcome to Reading Pride.
We are delighted to host our twelfth annual Pride Parade & Festival today – we hope you like our new look and share your experiences with our #prideinyou campaign. Pride sees people of all backgrounds coming together to celebrate diversity, champion equality and ensure that everyone in our society is valued for who they are.
There is still much discrimination and oppression in the world around us, some more visible than others. This year there have been attempts to defend and even strengthen discrimination against LGBT+ people here in the UK, and in many parts of the world we still see people persecuted and even killed because of who they are, and who they love.
We must maintain our efforts to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia wherever it is found, either internationally or in our own communities and Reading Pride is committed to leading the fight both locally and beyond.
2016 is Reading’s Year of Culture and we look forward to making a significant contribution to what should be an exciting programme of events; we also plan to widen our community reach and are keen to recruit new members and volunteers – look out on the website for more details of how you can get involved.
Wishing you a great Pride, and that you can truly celebrate #prideinyou.
Andy Adams Chair, Reading Pride