Birmingham’s LGBT community-led safety group, Pink Shield have announced a special meeting to discuss the widely perceived increase in homophobic incidents at this year’s Birmingham Pride festival.
Members of the gay community are being encouraged to attend the meeting at 7:30PM on Thursday 28th July at GB Training (above the Loft Lounge), which will be open to everyone, giving people the opportunity to have their say about community safety at next year’s festival, and to suggest improvements.
Pink Shield spokesperson Andrew Morland commented “Following this year’s pride, there has been some worry within the commuinity about the reported increase in homophobic incidents at the festival – we have seen this through channels such as MIdlands Zone as well as attendees at our most recent meeting. The Pink Shield’s raison d’etre is to represent the best interests of the community which is why we have decided to host an open forum to help people explore the issues, their impacts and to work with the organisers to build an even safer pride for all. As the forum is open to all parties, it is a chance to get a balanced debate about where we are now and where we need to get to.”
The community group hopes to be able to facilitate an open constructive debate amongst all stakeholders with a view to further enhancing the festival experience for all attendees in 2012.
This meeting will follow in the footseps of the positive changes made to the 2011 Pride Community Area after the post-2010 ‘Birmingham Pride Community Forum’ facilitated by Birmingham LGBT.