Following reports last week of a ‘hostile environment’ and ‘racism and bullying’ at the top of Pride in London – the organisation responsible for hosting the UK’s largest Pride celebrations – five of its directors have now resigned.
In a statement, published via their social media, it was announced “To address this challenging generational moment, five directors have resigned.”
“In response to recent critical media coverage and feedback received from former volunteers and the LGBT+ community on the urgent need for Pride in London to create a more inclusive environment, which centres black volunteers, people of colour and other marginalised community groups, the London LGBT Community Pride CIC (“Pride in London) board is announcing immediate and significant changes to its structure and leadership,” the statement reads.
“To address this challenging generational moment, five directors have resigned, including both co-chairs Michael Salter-Church and Alison Camps, with immediate effect. They will be supporting a smooth handover of their knowledge to the remaining Directors.
“All wish to put on record their thanks to LGBT+ communities for the opportunity and honour of serving as volunteers, to wish the new leadership team every success and to reaffirm their commitment to hearing and standing with marginalised communities.”
The announcement comes shortly after news last week that the entire community advisory board hand quit following the resignation of Director of Communications, Rhammel Afflick.
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