Merton Pride will be open to London’s entire LGBT+ community, not just from within Merton, and to families, friends, supporters and allies who also want to celebrate the community’s diversity and inclusivity. Merton Pride is a strong reminder that Pride is not just a celebration, but also marks that while the tide has been turned against discrimination and prejudice in the UK, much still remains to be achieved in the UK and in other parts of the World. In some countries homosexuality remains illegal and several countries still retain the death sentence just for being LGBT+.
Pride therefore also acknowledges that much still remains to be done and that many LGBT+ people do not enjoy the freedoms we have now achieved.
At the helm of Merton Pride a Steering Committee made of up of members from Merton’s LGBTQ+ community, plus supporters and allies help to meet our aims and objectives:
- To enlighten and campaign for LGBT+ issues.
- To host additional pop-up events in the lead up to the Merton Pride weekend, to offer LGBT+ awareness, such as, pop-up health information stands in shopping centres, LGBT+ literature featured in local libraries, art exhibitions in local galleries and more…
- To bring the community together by encouraging all residents and businesses to help spread the word of Merton Pride.
- To work alongside the Merton LGBT+ Forum to provide support to Merton’s LGBT+ Community on a variety of needs, plus access to LGBT+ opportunities.
- To raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice.
- To organise Merton Pride as a community event.
- To work towards Merton Pride becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) or Charity within the following year.
Pride is a friendly festival celebrating inclusivity and love in the community.
Over the past decades, the Pride in London and Brighton Pride weekends have exploded into huge events which attract millions of visitors and pave the way for local towns to run smaller events celebrating their communities. Pride in Croydon and WokingPride are the two nearest Pride events to South London and in recent years they have both gone from strength to strength.
Merton is not only one of London’s top boroughs, but also boasts commercial centres Morden, Mitcham, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood, plus Wimbledon, one of the most famous towns in the country and an internationally recognised name.
This incredible borough has never hosted its own Pride Festival.
Merton Pride will be a FREE event celebrating Merton’s diverse LGBT+ community.
The weekend will feature hours of free live music under Merton Abbey Mills historic bandstand, speeches and talks from local LGBT+ organisations, theatre shows and performances inside Colour House Theatre, market stalls and information stands representing local LGBT+ organisations, family attractions, funfair stalls and more!