Yvonne Barker, of Brighton Pride, said: "The message is clear - if we are unable to raise sufficient funds to cover the expected shortfall, we will need to seriously scale back next year's Pride festivities and reduce the support we are able to give to local LGBT community groups."Good luck with that idea...
She added: "While many enjoy Pride as a free event, it costs us more than £300,000 to stage.
"We are a charity and rely on the generosity of local businesses and individuals, who raise much needed funds.
"However, the truth is that there are many more businesses in the city - both straight and LGBT-run - that benefit enormously from the Pride festivities and yet contribute nothing towards the running costs.
"We will be approaching those businesses for donations, as well as going back to our traditional supporters for help."
Monday, 17 August 2009
It seems Brighton Pride are facing unwelcome economic realities this year: