About Reading Pride

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since our first Festival attendance has grown steadily year on year with up to 15,000 people visiting the event thoughout the day as well as up to 1500+ participating in the Parade.

The Team

The team at Reading Pride is formed of dedicated volunteers in a variety of roles. We are always in need of enthusiastic people to help throughout the year so if you can commit some time to help the LGBT+ community and to shape the future of Pride please Click Here to see what roles are currently available. Alterntively you can contact us via our Contact Form.

We are made up of four key groups:

Lead by the Chair the Trustees make the key charity decisions, provide direction and bear the legal/financial responsibilities. They are voted on by the members at a General Meeting.
Provide external support and promotion of the charity.
Pride Committee
Lead by the Chief Executive Officer run the charities day to day functions which includes a vast range of different skills and opportunities.
MyUmbrella Committee
Lead by team leaders Christina Dearlove and Kerry Kleis run the MyUmbrella LGBT+ project that focuses on raising awareness of the lesser known sexuality and gender identities through monthly socials and providing educational resources.

Click Here to find out who we all are.

Mission Statement

To promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate particularly in relation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and associated communities (collectively known as ‘LGBT+’), in particular but not exclusively within Reading and The Thames Valley (the "area of benefit") for the benefit of the public by raising awareness of issues affecting said communities, in particularly by promoting and staging an annual festival and making grants and/or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations with the object of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality. To provide information, advice and support to the LGBT+ community and others in order to promote the wellbeing of said communities and with the object of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality.