Planning begins for the next Jersey Pride in two years’ time
PLANS are being made for the next Channel Islands Pride march in Jersey two years from now following the success of this year’s event.
Thousands of members of the LGBT+ community marched this month from the Royal Square to Jardins de la Mer, where a beach-side celebration was held.
Pride director Christian May said that talks had already started for the next event to be held in the Island, which is scheduled for 2021, as next year’s Pride is being held in Guernsey.
‘We were delighted by the public reaction to Channel Islands Pride 2019, and are grateful to the sponsors who made it possible to organise such an event,’ he said.
‘In particular I would like to thank our headline sponsor, the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, lead sponsor Citi, and MasonBreese, who made it possible for us to welcome Olly Pike to the Island and for us to offer his books to all Island primary schools.
‘We are already having discussions about how to build on this year’s success at Pride 2021, and we will be working on the plans for that event while we enjoy Channel Islands Pride 2020 in Guernsey.’
Vic Tanner-Davy, the chief executive of equality charity Liberate, said that he had received positive feedback about this year’s event.
‘This was our first CI Pride on the beach and involved a new route and new location for the Pride village.
‘This meant new challenges for the Pride team,’ he said. ‘The team rose to the challenge and came up with a super family-friendly day that was bigger than ever before.’
Kate Wright, co-founder of the Diversity Network, said that Pride is ‘incredibly important’ for diversity and inclusion in Jersey.
‘Not only is it a vibrant and inclusive celebration of the LGBT+ community, it is a role model for a community that welcomes and values everyone – whoever they are and whatever their differences,’ she said. ‘It is also an important reminder that there is still a lot to be done to achieve equality for minorities, as many still face bias and even hostility just for being different to the majority.’