The Oxford Pride committee would like to announce that we have come to the decision to postpone our 2020 Parade Day, originally scheduled for Saturday 30th May 2020, in response to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are currently working towards a new potential date in Autumn 2020, which will be announced as soon as possible.
Whilst this was a difficult decision to make, in this time of uncertainty all that we are able to do is take into consideration advice from World Health Organization (WHO) and European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA). The discussion between our Directors and Operations Team has taken place over several days, and has included seeking agreement across the committee at our latest General Meeting held last night.
Above all else, it’s of paramount importance to us to do as much as we can to promote the safety and wellbeing of our Pride attendees and the wider community of Oxfordshire. Thousands of people attend our Parade Day each year, and as a mass gathering, we cannot run the risk of further people acquiring the virus within Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.
We are incredibly grateful to our committee officers, volunteers, sponsors, venues, performers, stall holders, charity organisations, and all other partners who we have already been liaising closely with to plan our 2020 Parade Day. We appreciate there may be questions and concerns with regards to the decision made, and will be working closely with each and every supporter of Oxford Pride to ensure we can move forwards in a positive way.
We are also grateful to our Pride attendees for their ongoing support at this challenging time. On behalf of the committee, we would like to assure you that we remain strongly committed to finding a date in Autumn 2020 to come together and recognise, celebrate, and promote awareness of LGBTQIA+ life in Oxfordshire. We’ll be announcing our updated plans on our website (oxfordpride.uk) and social media pages once we’ve had the opportunity to hold the discussions needed. However, if anyone has any questions in the interim, they are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To promote your health and wellbeing, and that of the people close to you, please ensure to keep yourself up-to-date with current advice about COVID-19:
UK Government – www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
NHS – www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
I am incredibly excited to welcome you to Oxford Pride. This is the biggest job I have ever held and all the years of building local networks, working hard, being fortunate to chair of Oxford Friend have led me here to stand before my own community as the 1st PoC female chair of Oxford Pride
Along with being a Hypno-Psychotherapist and a Stonewall Role Model I also had the honour of being a shortlisted nominee for the positive LGBT Role Model Award at the 2019 National Diversity Awards. I was previously Community liaison officer for Oxford Pride 2018 & 2019 before taking up the position of Chair. I was born in Oxfordshire and still live in the village she grew up in, this gives me an insight into the wider needs of Oxfordshire as a whole.
Oxford Pride continues to flourish with a sustained reputation for providing not only an excellent and enjoyable parade day but also a festival of events now stretching all year round.
However, Oxford Pride is nothing without a committee of volunteers, sponsors to enable a free pride for all and a group of volunteers and stewards who make the festival happen.
Oxford Pride 2020 is proud to continue our journey, working with and supporting local committed campaigners for equality. The future looks exciting and inclusive with new exhibitions and projects, Beyond the Binary Project at Pitt Rivers Museum, Queering Spires Exhibit at the Oxford Museum, Topaz a network of Youth Groups and Oxford Friend an award winning LGBTQIA+ mental health charity.
I want us focus on mental health, breaking down barriers and de-stigmatising marginalised communities, platforming and acknowledging the intersectionality of multiple forms of systemic oppression.