We want to tell you a little something about Isle of Wight Pride.....
We are proud to introduce the very first Isle of Wight Pride event ‘IW Pride' to be held in Ryde on Saturday, 15th July 2017.
We are excited to have the opportunity to help facilitate what we are sure will be a very special event!
Pride events are a strong reminder to those who identify as LGBTQ who have lived through countless historical struggles including criminalisation of homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic, Section 28, and the prejudice and abuse felt by so many as they struggle to take pride in who they were born to be. There is still a lot of work to do internationally as well as making equality in law a reality in this country.
It may be said that the Isle of Wight lags behind the mainland in support and visibility for the LGBTQ community and this is often the perception from visitors and tourists alike.
Our vision for Isle of Wight Pride is for this to be an opportunity to celebrate and for us to take pride in how far we have come, how proud we are of our beautiful Island but also, just as importantly we need to highlight the work that still needs to be done. We really hope that we will also show that the Isle of Wight is a great place to live and a welcoming place to visit gaining us a reputation as a friendly destination for everyone.
We recently conducted a survey to which we had over 1300 responses each one giving valuable thoughts, ideas and views on what an Island Pride event should look like.
From the results it is very clear that island population want to see an inclusive, family friendly, all day event, with a parade. We have set up working parties who will ensure that we can make these ideas a reality. We hope that with the aid and support of our fantastic businesses here on the Island as well as national companies and retailers we can make this vision a reality.
Ultimately our goal is that Isle of WIght Pride will be a celebration. It is a chance for us to stand together whether we are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Straight as an Island community, to show that Love Wins over hatred, intolerance and prejudice
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, we really hope you find it useful and we really are very excited to welcoming you to Isle of WIght Pride on Saturday, 15th July 2017!
We know there will be a huge amount of support for this event and we are very excited to be welcoming everyone to Ryde for the very first
Isle of Wight Pride in 2017
INTRODUCING THE ISLE OF WIGHT PRIDE COMMITTEE
We have a fantastic team all working very hard behind the scenes, getting everything in place, organised and ready to bring you the debut Pride event that the Isle of Wight has been waiting for. We hope you can work with us to achieve our goals and we look forward to welcoming you to this momentous event. As well as many working groups, covering the main event, the evening event, the Parade and everything IW Pride. We also have a core Committee overseeing the organisation of IW Pride. Here we introduce you to these key characters.
"My hope is that Pride will be a celebration of how love wins over hate and how the Isle of Wight community supports and welcomes everyone no matter who they love or what gender they identify as"
I was born and bred in Brighton. Growing up in a town renowned for its openess and acceptance for LGBT people was a positive experience. I moved to the Island in 2010 with my partner Joe and initially we struggled to meet like minded people. There were no club nights, no social opportunities and it felt hard to setlle down. After settling, we felt it was important to give something back to the Island and have worked tirelessly in the past few years to create social opportunities for LGBT people, including a hugely successful Gay Mens Chorus, which sadly didnt continue when I stepped down as Chairman due to working in London. Now I feel passionately about creating an amazing Pride event for the whole Island to experience what I was fortunate enough to in Brighton and also to showcase our beautiful Island.
Who would you invite to Pride?
Easy answer! Lady Gaga!
My hopes for Pride
Pride isnt about the whole community coming together for a common cause. Our Pride will be about the WHOLE Island community coming together, regardless of sexuality and being able to stand together and say that we are all equal, regardless of our sexuality, Gender Identity or background. Ive had some fascinating discussions over the past year and its clear that our Island community are open to diversity and are really accepting. However, we all (wrongly) believe that the Island community are not accepting of difference and are in the dark ages. Pride will be an amazing opportunity for our Island to stand up and say with Pride - We Welcome Everyone. - LoveWins
"I hope all the hard work and effort will pay off and that we create a legacy for many years to come. We also want to have a big impact on the lives of vulnerable and isolated people who do not feel free to be themselves."
Although my parents were both born on Island, I was born in Peterborough (my dad was in the RAF). We moved around a bit when I was a child and then settled back on the Island when I was 11 years old. I went to Swanmore Middle School, followed by Ryde High School and IW College, where I trained to be a Secretary.
I moved to London at 18 years where I did a variety of secretarial jobs, including 18 months working for the Jean Paul Getty Charitable Trust, and a few years as PA to the Director of Nursing in a mental health unit, just at the time of Care in the Community being implemented. I learned a great deal about life and how diverse it is, from my time in London and still love to visit on a regular basis.
I moved back to the Island after approximately 7 years and have been working at the Council since 1992.
I am the Equalities Officer for the Local Government branch of UNISON and it is this role that has me involved in IW Pride. I am very passionate about equality and everyone being treated fairly and with dignity and respect. I am proud to be involved with IW Pride in the role of Secretary.
Who would you invite to Pride
Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier!
My hopes for Pride
Sunshine for the 15 July! Ryde Esplanade to be a sea of Rainbows……
I want Pride to show that the Isle of Wight is welcoming to everyone; that we are an inclusive community and welcome diversity, and that the Island is a great place to visit and live.
I want to ensure the Island has moved on from the times when one of my oldest friends left the Island due to the hate and assaults he suffered as a result of ignorance about his sexuality and disability.
#Love Wins and what better way to prove this, than with a Pride event? This will be the greatest beach party Ryde has ever seen!