Portsmouth Pride has been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Fund, which will support the pride variety show on Southsea Common and carnival parade on Commercial Road, on Saturday 20 June.
“This is fantastic news,” said Portsmouth Pride Chair, David Lee-Bastable. “The costs of putting on a safe event like this are challenging, but we have been overwhelmed by the support shown by local businesses and organisations, and now this generous grant from the Lottery. We’re especially grateful to the Grosvenor Casino, Spinnaker Tower, WightLink, and local unions such as GMB, Unison and Unite, for helping us get Pride off the ground.”
“Pride is open to everyone, and is an opportunity to promote the ideals of equality and diversity in the Portsmouth area and beyond,” said David.
There are two main elements to Portsmouth Pride. The first is a family-friendly parade leaving Guildhall Square at noon, which will include many local groups, such as Scouts, gay Christians and trades unions. “We hope that everyone will come along with flags and whistles and join the fun,” said Head Steward Linda Webb-Bowman.
The second is the Portsmouth Pride Variety Show on Southsea Common, which will include entertainment on a main stage, local acts on the acoustic stage, and a chance to meet up with friends, old and new.
“We’re encouraging everyone to ‘Send Us A Selfie’,” said David, “just post a picture of you and your friends with a rainbow, and we’ll be using the pictures in a video on our Facebook page and web site, www.PortsmouthPride.co.uk.”
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.