Oxford Pride is pleased to announce ‘Not There Yet’ was chosen as next year’s theme.
This is both a celebration of what we have achieved with the support of our “straight” compatriots but is also a reminder of the continued suffering and persecution of so many LGBT people around the world.
We are also seeking to answer the lingering questions of why Pride events are still necessary and relevant to our society. Many individuals that are not involved in any LGBT communities have often questioned why Pride events still exist, particularly in the countries that have progressive LGBT legislation, such as same sex marriage and civil unions.
Briefly reading the statistics provided by Amnesty International; they continue to reveal that consensual same-sex relations are still illegal in 76 countries worldwide including Uganda where homosexuality is punishable by death. Gay marriage is only recognised in a few countries and the Home Office statistics show that there were 4,252 sexual orientation hate crimes and a further 315 transgender hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2011/12.
At the Oxford Pride 2012 event Peter Tatchell inspired us with his message of support for the many great achievements gained thus far while highlighting the considerable struggle to bring basic human rights and equality for all. We want to continue supporting his efforts while educating people of the work that needs to be done and showing how people can do their part.
Oxford Pride 2013 will be a ten-day festival featuring a variety of art and cultural events from Friday 31st May culminating in a grand celebration on Saturday 8th June. We want to welcome the whole community to join us for a family friendly day featuring live entertainment, amusements, children’s area and a variety of stalls and food options.
We are seeking growth and would like more people to get involved with Oxford Pride by means of volunteering, donations, sponsorship, raffles, purchasing a stall or concession or participating in art exhibitions and events.
Visit the Oxford Pride site at www.oxford-pride.org.uk