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GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO UKPRIDE 2018
We are so incredibly proud to welcome you all to our Pride event. Whether you are visiting our
or if you are fortunate enough to gorgeous Island, live here, thank
you so much for joining us today to join together in PRIDE.
VOLUNTEERS UKPON & EPOA
Our theme this year is #IOWnMyDestiny. We really want to capture the essence of Pride, celebrating how far we have come, but realising how much there is still to do. Pride has always been about fighting for rights, for the right to be yourself without fear or prejudice. The right to be in control of your own life and to OWN your destiny.
#PRIDEMATTERS STEVE TAYLOR
#U=U MATTHEW HODGSON
KOFI DECIDED TO TELL HIS MOTHER HE WAY GAY
It is shocking and sad that in 2018, there are still so many people around the world and even in our Country who do not feel that they are in complete control of their lives. There are still 72 Countries around the world where it is illegal to be LGBT+, the list of people who have lost their lives due to hate is still depressingly far too long, hate crime in our own Country has seen a rise and still the Government have not reformed the Gender Recognition Act, meaning that many people face long and agonising waits to truly be themselves. HIV stigma still exists, meaning that HIV testing is still far too low and those living with HIV face prejudice and hate. Take the time today to read through our Guide and learn something new about the issues facing our LGBT+ community in 2018. Meet some of our amazing LGBT+ activists who have joined us today, many who will be speaking on our “Soapbox” throughout the day. Celebrate how far we have come, but continue to battle for equality, we march for those who cannot today, we fight for the day when everybody can say, without fear #IOWnMyDestiny
72 MILES FOR 72 COUNTRIES
Q: When are the event opening and closing times? A: The Parade will start from Ryde School at 12am. The Pride site will be open from around 11.00am the event will end promptly at 10pm and the site must be cleared by 10.30pm.
Q: Can I bring anything onto the site with me? A: Small bags and bottles of water are allowed, but please remember the usual security guidelines when bringing a bag on site. No glass bottles, no alcohol, no drugs and definitely no weapons. We only welcome love on this site! xx Q. Will there be queues to get on/off site?
The last readmission will be at 6.30pm
A: We are working closely with all security services, in the light of the currents threat levels to ensure everyone’s safety. Please try and avoid bringing bags as this can slow down the entrance process. Please bare with us and be patient as you enter the site.
Q: What times are the various acts performing?
Q: Where are the closest ATM machines?
A: Check out our Lineup page in this guide for the approx stage times and running orders for the main stage, Dance Area, Community Stage and The London Hotel Cabaret Tent
A: There are free cash machines located at Ryde Esplanade Train station. Next to the bus station and also the Sainsbury's on Union Street, Halfway up the hill on the left hand side. This is a little bit of a walk so bear this in mind when withdrawing cash to come onto site.
Q: Where are the toilets located? A: There are various toilets located throughout the Pride Site including disabled toilets, a mobiloo and various toilets in the venues around the pride site, please speak to one of our fantastic volunteers and our friendly Security staff. Q: Where is the Medical Area located? A: If you're feeling unwell or have hurt yourself, speak to the nearest volunteer or member of the medical support team, you can also head to the medical tent located the green zone (grass area Nr the beach) where you will be very well looked after. Q: Is there a Lost Property area? A: If you have lost a personal item speak to one of our volunteers who will point you to the Aspire welfare tent , here you can leave your details and you will be contacted should the item be handed in. If you have found an item please hand to your nearest volunteer who will record this for you. Q: Are we allowed to film the event? A: Most definitely! Use your phone on your camera and share your memories with us by using the hashtag #IOWnMyDestiny. Or Tweet/Instagram @iwpride and share on Facebook /iwpride. Q: Do you have to pay to get into the bars on site? A: The only bars which are chargeable are the VIP bars. The Pride VIP bar which you will need to book in advance and have a wristband to enter. This has SOLD OUT . The Balcony have a VIP bar with an entrance fee of £5. All other bars are free to access if you are an Adult with an Adult wrist band.
ACCESSIBILITY Q: Are there any provisions for wheelchair access? A: There are many provisions which have been made around the site which include beach track matting, disabled toilets and a mobiloo. We want you to feel as welcome as included as possible and have an amazing day, please speak to a volunteer if there is anything we can do to help. If you are attending the Pride village and Arena you can access the site via the accessible entrance located by the Wave 105 Dance area. Q: Will there be an accessible viewing area and where will it be located? A: The Accessible Viewing area is located in the Main Stage Arena. The Accessible Viewing area will have limited capacities and are provided on a first-come- first served bases. Once capacities are reached, access will be provided on a 1 in 1 out basis. As with all visitors, if there is a certain act or artist you would like to see, please arrive early enough before each performance time to avoid disappointment. Q: Do you have BSL interpreters at the event? A: We are proud to say that we have a number of BSL interpreters on site and they can be identified by their BSL T-Shirts. There will be a BSL interpreter on the Main Stage at all times as well as interpreters at the WI Spoken word tent and Community Stage. Q: How do I make a complaint? A: We really want you to have the best day ever, however if your day hasn’t gone to plan and you want to make a complaint during IWPride, simply find a member of staff or security. Or You can use your electronic devises to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and resolve your issue as quickly as possible.
Pride is a year round event run entirely by volunteers. Please take the time to thank a volunteer that you see today. Sadly there are still large costs, did you know that the toilets on site today cost in excess of 10 thousand pounds! Or that the fencing cost 9 thousand pounds? We want to retain Pride as a free, inclusive and accessible event that everybody can feel free to attend, regardless of their circumstances. If you feel able to donate to pride, please do and help Pride to grow for years to come.
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UKPride Network â€“ Isle of Wight Pride have been a member of the network since our inception in 2016. We have subsequently joined EPOA (European Pride Organisers Association). These networks are an invaluable source of information and support. If we need help with anything, there will always be someone who has experience something similar or who is able to provide answers. We are indebted to them for the advice they have given to us. Thank you to UKPON and EPOA. www.prideorganisers.uk http://epoa.eu
Eighteen months ago, when the very idea of a Pride on the Isle of Wight was being met with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic vitriol, few of us thought that today we’d be celebrating the second Isle of Wight Pride. And certainly none of us could have imagined that the island would be hosting UK Pride in only its second year. That demonstrates the march of progress on LGBTI equality, and the role that activists and Pride organisers have in bringing about change for the good. Pride, and the tens of thousands of people who volunteer to organise them, are a real force for good in the world.
That force for good has never been more necessary. Across the world, far right and nationalist governments are cracking down on LGBTI equality. In Chechnya, LGBTI people are being rounded up, tortured, and killed. In Turkey, three weeks ago, Istanbul Pride was banned for the fourth year in a row, and when brave Pride activists gathered in Taksim Square, they were met with tear gas, plastic bullets, and police dogs. A Pride in Uganda was halted by police, who arrested the organisers. And don’t think that these attacks can’t happen here. Earlier this year a man was sent to a secure hospital for planning a machete attack on a Pride event in Cumbria. Last year, volunteers from Pride in Newry were subjected to an attack. It’s easy for us to be complacent, and see Pride as a celebration. But it’s so important, now more than ever, that we also see it as an opportunity to march for those who can’t, for the millions of people around the world who live in countries where loving someone of the same gender can land you in prison, or lead to your execution. That’s why just attending Pride is an act of political support and solidarity for people everywhere. The UK now has more Prides than any other country in Europe – almost 150 – and this year I estimate more than 3 million people will attend a Pride here. So to everyone here I say ‘well done’ for coming out and supporting LGBTI people across the world, many of whom will be nervously watching on social media, wondering when Pride will come to their country. Isle of Wight Pride has come such a long way in a very short time, and as you enjoy the only Pride on a beach, please spare a thought for those who can’t celebrate Pride, and make sure you say ‘thanks’ to at least one volunteer today. Without them, there wouldn’t be Pride for anyone. Steve Taylor patron isle of wight pride Pride in London/europride
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Pride is a celebration……………………………………………….Pride is also a protest! Here's something to celebrate:
Someone who is undetectable on HIV treatment cannot pass the virus on to their sexual partners - even if they don't use condoms.
Here's something to protest:
Most people living with HIV continue to face high levels of stigma, including from within our LGBTI+ communities.
Here's something to do about it:
Be like this year's Pride headliner, the amazing Conchita Wurst, who has used her high profile to education people about HIV. When Conchita publicly announced that she was living with HIV, she took the opportunity to promote the message that when we who are living with HIV are Undetectable, our virus is Untransmittable (we usually describe this as U=U). The U=U message challenges much of the stigma that people with HIV face. When we are undetectable we can't pass it on. This means that pretty much all the fear that HIV-negative people have of those of us living with HIV is just wasted energy. This means that we can enjoy sex without the fear that we may infect our sexual partners. The U equals U message, combined with the incredible impact that treatment has on life expectancy, can change the way we think and talk about HIV. This news is too valuable, too exciting, too important for it not to be shared as widely as possible. At aidsmap we believe that accurate, honest information can empower all people living with HIV and provide the tools we need to live longer and healthier lives. Accurate information can also support HIV-negative people, helping them to avoid infection and to make confident sexual choices. Pride tells us that we are valued even when society tells us that we are not. Pride tells us that despite our differences, we are a community. Pride tells us that we are perfect, just the way we are. Celebrate Pride and share the news that undetectable is untransmittable. Matthew Hodson National AIDS Map (NAM)
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Kofi decided to tell his mother he was gay…..
And she kicked him out of her home and disowned him for what she saw as an evil act.
Kofi had known he was gay since he was 10, but had hesitated to tell anyone. Sadly, there are thousand others like Kofi caught up in this dilemma out there. This is because Ghanaian societies are still and largely homophobic, and frown upon homosexuality. Because of this, most gays in Ghana live in secrecy and in fear of being found out. They mostly keep to themselves till they find a like-minded person they can confide in. There are no openly accepted gay bars or clubs in Ghana, so most of them hang out at house parties organize by a fellow homosexual. This mentality can only change through education and advocacy. Thankfully, this is beginning to kick in and it’s only a matter of time now. One can only hope for the best at this stage. My experience as a Gay man in Ghana has been like being on a roller coaster ride, it has been one homophobic comments or actions after the other on a daily basis. Even from people whom society hold in high esteem and ought to know and do better. I am currently standing trial in Ghana, charged with being a homosexual and being wrongfully being accused of trying to indoctrinate kids to become homosexuals just like me. A charge I vehemently denied and best described as laughable and ridiculous. The trail is currently at the jury selection stage. Bracing myself for a very tough legal battle ahead. The current political administration in Ghana is more tolerant and accommodating to issues concerning LGBTQ, and is ready and open to dialogue with stakeholders on how to move the LGBTQ agenda forward in Ghana for an open and frank conversation on LGBTQ rights and recognition in Ghana. Because of this stance by the new administration, State and government agencies like the Police Service, City authorities; policy and law makers are more receptive and readily available to lend a listening ear and a helping hand. The current President of Ghana in a TV interview on Al-Jazeera Network said: "The recognition of homosexual rights in Ghana is something that is bound to happen, but only through education and advocacy" . The present positive pro LGBTQ wind blowing through the country is refreshing and a manifestation of what the President said would happen in his television interview. With an increase and intensified advocacy and public education awareness drive on LGBTQ has given us the hopes and believes that, now is the right time to go ahead and organize THE FIRST EVER ANNUAL GAY PARADE in Ghana dubbed: ACCRA PRIDE GAY PARADE 2018 fashioned after the York and UK Prides models. Which come off on SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2018. •
ACCRA PRIDE GAY PARADE 2018 is important to me and the team because we want it to become the biggest LGBTQ platform in this part of Africa. Where like-minded gay men and women from all over the region can assemble to discuss, interact, network, advocate, educate and promote issues and problems confronting LGBTQ . The team has been busy holding series of meetings with GHANA AIDS COMMISSION and other relevant stakeholders on what role they can play in this regard and how they can also use the ACCRA PRIDE GAY PARADE 2018 platform as an effective tool to intensify, target, expand and promote their campaign for Safer Sex Education and on HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns especially in the LGBTQ communities. We hope the Pride can build and boost the confidence of the large and growing LGBTQs communities across Ghana. I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively across the length and breadth of this Country. And there are LGBTQ communities everywhere I go in this beautiful country. Unfortunately, former governments in Ghana have played the ostrich game with LGBTQ issues for far too long. We won’t go away by simply wishing us dead. We hope the Pride will give them courage to come out and mingle and interact with fellow like minded gay people without fear or favor. Another importance of the pride is to openly preach and promote peaceful tolerance and coexistence between homosexuals and heterosexuals By encouraging peaceful and adopting a non-confrontational mean to live in peace and happiness with one another. Finally, the importance of the pride to me and the team is that, we see this as the first and tiny step in a long and difficult journey to disabuse and change the mind-set that majority of Ghanaians have about LGBTQ. We just want them to know that LGBTQ are ordinary human beings just like everyone else, with rights and responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution of the republic of Ghana. And the fact that one is gay does not mean the person is cursed or evil.
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The fictitious character Conchita Wurst was brought to life in 2011 by Austrian singer and drag artist Tom Neuwirth. Conchita owes her existence to Tom’s life-long fight against discrimination. As a result, he created a striking statement a woman with a beard. She became the catalyst for discussions about terms like “different” and “normal” as well as his vehicle to carry his message all over the world in the most visible and unmistakable way. Appearances, genders, and countries of origin simply do not matter when it comes to the dignity and liberty of the individual. As the bearded diva Conchita Wurst, the artist's first TV performance was in 2011 at the casting show “The Big Chance” on Austrian national television. With her song “Rise Like A Phoenix”, Conchita won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in 2014. This moment was captured in time as she exclaimed in victory “We are unstoppable!” and
became an overnight sensation and global ambassador for the LGBTIQ-Community. Her stage presence guarantees sophisticated and classic entertainment, be it as a singer, a star of the international fashion scene or in the political arena Her strong message of respect and love always shines through. She inspires designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, she enchants her audience at the Crazy Horse in Paris with her own show, and makes BBC’s renowned presenter Graham Norton and his guests sing her praises: “You are the answer to many of our questions.” Shortly afterwards she enchants Hollywood at the “Golden Globes”.
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THE Fashion expert, award-winning TV presenter, author and all round national treasure, Gok Wan has taken the fashion and TV world by storm and has become one of the UK’s most sought-after entertainers. He made his mark by giving women the confidence to appreciate their bodies, whatever their size and encouraged women whatever their shape and size to strip for the nation!
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“I am having soooooo much fun playing a mix of house and deep house across the UK and in Europe. Particular highlights have included Party At The Palace – Scotland, Bushwackers –Birmingham, Opal Lounge – Edinburgh, Kremlin – Belfast, Space – Leeds and I am currently a resident DJ in Kremlin in Belfast”
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Biography: Jonathan Blake Trained as Actor Rose Bruford 1967-1970 Worked as Actor 1970 -1981 Diagnosed HTLV3 (now HIV).October 1982 Middlesex Hospital. L1 was my hospital number( first diagnosis @ Middlexsex Hospital)
Attempted Suicide December 1982 but couldn’t go through with it. Decided to attempt to rejoin society despite feeling as a modern day leper with this killer virus coursing through my veins: Went to join “Gays for a Nuclear free Future” on their Stand together round Greenham Common, Aldermarston & Burghfield with coach leaving from ‘Gay the Word’ on Marchmont St All Fools Day 1st April 1983 Met my Future Partner that day Nigel Young been together now 35 years
him we Joined Lesbians & Gaymen Support the Miners. June 1984 Retrained as Tailor London College of Fashion 1984-87Worked as Tailor & Costume Maker ENO making wardrobe 1988-1996 when my health gave out & I was medically retired . Started ART (Anti Retro-Viral Therapy ) 1997 & continue to this day. After being medically retired volunteered @ various HIV drop-In centres The Landmark in Brixton/Tulse Hill, Lighthouse South London, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), The Food Chain. Was the Face on THT’s First Safer Sex Poster aimed at GayMen
Globally outed as HIV+ at the end of “PRIDE” Perform Barney in Patrick Cash’s “HIV Monologues” 2016-18.Latest @ Bristol
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Pr ide is the biggest, most successful global movement of all time !!! By Peter Tatchell
Pride is one of thousands of Pride celebrations taking place over the summer months in nearly every country on Earth. In less than five decades, what began in a handful of major western cities has become an unprecedented global phenomenon. Today, the LGBT+ movement is the most unifying, ubiquitous and universal worldwide movement of all time – and the most successful. It exists in over 160 countries, sometimes covertly, with a common agenda of LGBT+ liberation that transcends all borders, classes, ideologies, cultures and ethnicities. It has secured some impressive achievements. The decriminalisation of homosexuality in more than 120 countries, with 24 now legalising samesex marriage and more than 60 protecting LGBT+ people against discrimination. Some 86 states have national human rights institutions that defend sexual and gender minorities. Nine out of ten countries have become more accepting of LGBT+s in the last two decades. In many parts of the world, there is still severe persecution to be overcome. Nevertheless, it is still an extraordinary accomplishment that more than 2,000 years of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic persecution has been significantly rolled back in many countries in less than half a century. All this progress is the result of daring, inventive and unrelenting campaigning - against all odds - by national and international LGBT+ movements. Pride is the celebration that unites hundreds of millions of diverse LGBT+ people all across the planet. The annual celebrations are the visible manifestation of our queer culture and communities and our collective international demand for respect, dignity and equal human rights.
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Matt Bundy, Trustee of Isle of Wight Pride and his partner Joe completed a gruelling challenge this weekend to highlight LGBT+ Human rights issues across the globe. Setting off at 2pm on Friday 13th April, Matt and Joe walked non stop on the Coastal path around the Island. During their walk, they dedicated each mile to a Country where being LGBT+ is still illegal. They shared information about each country on twitter, which was a brilliant way of raising awareness and also updating people who were following their walk. There was a live tracker so that people could follow their progress and cheer them along the way.
#72Milesfor 72Countries challenge completed…..
Matt Bundy said “Right now, there is a lot of physical and emotional exhaustion. Our legs dont work and I think we have managed to
gain 72 blisters between us too! Its pretty emotional too to think not only about what we have just done, but also the incredible e n g a g e m e n t a n d a w a re n e s s raising of vitally important issues. With the commonwealth heads of Government meeting this week, we urge Theresa May to ensure that LGBT+ rights are firmly on the agenda, its shocking that 37 of the commonwealth countries still discriminate and persecute LGBT+ citizens. This has to stop.” You can review their walk and the information about each country via the Pride Twitter and facebook pages @IWpride. For now, the Isle of Wight Pride team are looking at what their next crazy challenge could be!
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Isle of Wight Pride is back again this year, bigger and better than ever before, held once again in Ryde on the 21st July 2018. After the su...
Published on Jul 11, 2018
Isle of Wight Pride is back again this year, bigger and better than ever before, held once again in Ryde on the 21st July 2018. After the su...