Free Pride - Tranarchy Outlaw Barge Party





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Published on Sep 4, 2012

Every year around of 40,000 people flood to the annual Manchester Pride celebrations. It is an event of international re-noun, a chance for the city to celebrate its diversity and tolerance, and to raise money for local LGBT charities. Last year Manchester pride grossed an amazing £1,086,654. As the largest event in the city's calendar, the boost to Manchester economy each year is estimated by marketing Manchester to be a whopping £17.5m .

So who pays for this spangletastic affair every year? In 2010 Manchester City Council gave the event £32,500 for the parade, but then made charges of £33,300 and a further £6000 and £9000 per annum for rubbish removal (Manchester Day got £250,000, The international festival got £2m). in 2010 Marketing Manchester charged Pride £18,625 for "accounting and payroll services" In 2010 there were only 2.3 staff.

Thats right guys the majority of the money comes from you! The LGBT community pay up to £25 each year for the privilege of entering the area the tourist map calls the "Gay Village". Some organisations and charities that work with the Gay community are still expected to pay to take part in the parade (be it on a smaller scale that commercial floats), and run information stalls in the Village during pride. Last year the event gave only £105,000 to charity (£7,000 of that came from the "Pride Dinner"). For such a big event that so many private businesses profit from, it doesn't seem right that so much of the running costs come from within the community and only a fraction of this comes back to us.

Freeing Pride is not an attack on Pride as a party, and it is not just about the fences and the ticket prices. Its about setting Pride free from the businesses and individuals who seek profit before the wellbeing of our community. It's about asking what the event is really about, who benefits from it who should pay for it, and remembering why we do it in the first place! Its about asking whats more important; extra cash for an organisation reaching out to the most vulnerable among us, or getting to see Steps one last time before they slip into room 101?

We hope you had as an amazing Pride as we did, but we also hope you took the time to remember the people who fought and died so that we can celebrate how far we have come, and to think about all of the work that is still to be done.

Thanks to Geoff Stafford of Facts About Manchester Pride



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