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As the inaugural event draws ever closer, Isle of Wight Pride have this week announced the committee members that will head up the celebrations.

Joe Plumb, who is well known in the theatre circuit, has become the Chair of the committee, whilst Zoe Thompson takes the Vice Chair seat. The event’s Treasurer has been announced as John Brownscombe, with Yve White as Secretary.

To kick start Isle of Wight Pride 2017, a launch party will be taking place at Coburgs, Ryde on Friday 10th February from 19:00. The party, which has an entrance fee of £5 on the door, is open to everyone and is set to be a night to remember with live music, drag, cabaret and positive vibes.

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Members of the committee will be available for a chat and will be talking about the exciting plans for the July event. There will also be an opportunity for you to get involved, whether you are a business wanting to sponsor Pride, whether you want to set up an information stall or sell items at Pride, or if you are a member of the community who wants to volunteer their expertise and experience.

Isle of Wight Pride 2017 will take place on the streets of Ryde on 15th July 2017.

Joe Plumb, chairman of Isle of Wight Pride said:

“I am very excited about Pride coming to the Isle of Wight and the opportunity to help facilitate what I am sure will be a very special event.

“I am lucky enough to have been born at a time of growing acceptance for the LGBTQ community but I do have a strong understanding of the struggles that led to this point. Pride events are a strong reminder to those who have lived through criminalisation, Section 28, and the prejudice and abuse felt by so many. There is still a lot of work to do internationally as well as making equality in law a reality in this country.

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“It can also be said that the Isle of Wight lags behind the mainland in support and visibility for the LGBTQ community. My vision for IWPride is for it to be an opportunity for us to take pride in how far we have come but to also highlight that there is still work to be done”.

Over 1000 responses have been given to a questionnaire distributed by Isle of Wight Pride, with the results set to be revealed at the launch event.

Joe continued:

“From the results it is clear that islanders want an inclusive, family friendly, all day event, with a parade. We have set up working parties who are currently looking into how we can make these ideas a reality.

“There is a lot of support for this event and I look forward welcoming everyone to Ryde for the first Isle of Wight Pride”.


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