This movement has received a lot of attention in recent days. Here are the main points:
Manchester Pride is accused of being too commercial. Over the years it turned more and more into a music festival while tickets have became more expensive – too expensive for many community members.
The popular (and free-to-attend) pride parade, which traditionally takes places on the Saturday of pride weekend, has been cancelled this year by the organisers due to concerns about Coronavirus, while its paid-for festival part is not affected.
While Manchester Pride itself is a non-profit organisation, it reportedly has multi-million turnover, while making only just over £100,000 of charitable donations. Recently the organisation announced to cut funding to the George House Trust and LGBT Foundation as well as ending the safe-sex scheme.
A petition has been launched, calling for Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, to resign. Quote:
“The community will take no more, it’s time for Mark to step down as the CEO and Manchester Pride to use his £80k+ p/a salary to fund LGBTQ+ causes rather than line Marks pockets.”
Mark Fletcher was supposed to appear today (10/8/2021) on Gadio to talk about the controversy, but has cancelled the interview:
“Mark Fletcher has withdrawn from his interview tomorrow with Gaydio for personal reasons. He did not want to rearrange as he wants to focus on the festival.” (via Twitter)
Meanwhile, Manchester VLBA started fundraiser Target 100k to make up for the lost funding. (More at Pink News)
A protest has been organised on Saturday, 28 August 2021, the day Manchester Pride Parade was supposed to take place. Find the details here.
What do you think – are you happy with how Manchester Pride is organised? What does “Pride” mean to you?