About Us
Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since the first Festival in 2004 attendance has grown steadily year-on-year with over 15,000 people visiting the event throughout the day and well over 3,000 participating in the Parade.
Mission Statement
To promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination particularly in relation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and associated communities (collectively known as ‘LGBTQ+’), 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 particular 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 LGBTQ+ community and others in order to promote the well-being of said communities and with the objective of developing an environment in favour of LGBT+ equality.
Meet 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 your Pride please get in touch.
Why Love Unites?
In a world shrouded with hate and oppression we hope that in our little way our Love Unites message will give people the spirit and energy to rise up and defend those who are oppressed.
Press & Media
We are extremely grateful for the continuous coverage we receive from local media including: Reading Today, B Radio Berkshire, GetReading, Reading Chronicle, ITV News Meridian, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC South Today and others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Never been to Pride before? Wondering what to expect? What you can and can’t bring with you? Hopefully we will answer all your questions