Liverpool council is calling on the city’s businesses to help pay for this years Pride festival.
The council plan on investing £10,000 on the event, which ran for the first time last year. It’s up to the city’s gay pubs and clubs, who stand to profit from the festival, to provide the rest of the cost.
Last summer’s festival was a success, with over 21,000 people attending and spending an estimated £500,000 between them.
But the council has warned that city firms now need to invest in the event in order for it to go ahead this year.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne said, “I am confident that we can build on last year’s success and attract even more people to celebrate LGBT culture”. O’Byrne, the cabinet member for community safety added that as well as boosting business, the event, “sends a clear message of solidarity and commitment to a community which sadly feel they are on the margins”.
Liverpool Pride chairman Tommy Mcllravey praised the success of last year’s event and said, “I know even more people are itching to join in this year”.
Liverpool Gay Business Association chair, Councillor Steve Radford, said, “it would not be economically reasonable to expect the local authority to bear the brunt of the costs without the gay community contributing as well”.