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“Mark Fletcher has withdrawn from his interview tomorrow with Gaydio for personal reasons.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)
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?