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The organisers of next year’s inaugural Isle of Wight Pride event have this week been taking in the many positive comments received following the Isle of Wight County Press’ controversial, ‘homophonic’, biphobic’ and ‘transphobic’ piece, as written by their journalist Charlotte Hofton.

The paper, which now sells just 25,827 copies a week, has come under fire following Friday’s publication of a column by Hofton. The piece has been highlighted on a national scale by the Huffington Post and has attracted a severe backlash on social media.

Paul Littler, one of the organisers behind the event has said:

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“The strength of feeling felt not only by people within the LGBTQ+ community both on the island and from further afield, but also from colleagues, family members and friends reflects the committed need to deliver a successful Pride event for local people.

“It also demonstrates the need to provide education and information to tackle ignorance and to support not just LGBTQ+ people, but also their friends and families”.

The results of the recent questionnaire that will shape how Isle of Wight Pride will look are to be discussed by the organising group in January.

Isle of Wight Pride is set to be, above all things, an inclusive event for Island people to come together to celebrate diversity and distinctiveness.

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