The entire Sheffield Pride committee has resigned, after being criticised for describing the event as “a march of celebration not protest”.
Organisers said they had faced “demoralising and unhelpful comments” about the event on Facebook and Twitter.
Full Statement Below:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRIDE SHEFFIELD COMMITTEE
Over the last ten years Pride in Sheffield has continued to attract more and more people each year, providing a space where everyone can come together regardless of their gender or sexuality and have a great day out with their friends, family and allies. The 10th anniversary Pride event was a huge success once again with many people saying it was one of the best prides in the city.
This past year has been the most challenging yet: the sponsorship support from many businesses has dwindled over the years, there have been more restraints and costs put on us by the relevant agencies, several of the bars and companies seem to cash-in on pride but haven’t contributed to pride or got involved on the day, and donations on the day (buckets) were substantially less than last year.
An awful lot of unpaid work is done in the background; from liaising with licensing authorities, securing contracts (catering, toilets, stage, technical, security, marquees), advertising, securing funding, dealing with requests from the press, maintaining the website and social media and then the organising of the parade, the traffic management, acts, stall holders and all the other volunteers on the day – not forgetting all the processes and procedures we have to write!
Our committees’ efforts have been constantly criticised which has included demoralising and unhelpful comments especially on Facebook and Twitter where we’re actually trying to promote the event and to make it better for everyone: it certainly felt like what we’ve done was not appreciated.
It is therefore with regret that the whole Pride Sheffield committee has chosen to resign and we will no longer provide an annual pride event in Sheffield. Our financial accounts are due to be audited, as they are each year, and any leftover funds will be donated to the South Yorkshire LGBT+ awards as per our constitution.
We wish whoever takes over well and hope Pride in Sheffield will continue for many more years to come.