Pride House on Clapham Common axed

Pride House on Clapham Common axed
Pride House on Clapham Common axed

An Olympic base for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on London's Clapham Common has been scrapped after lack of funding.

A statement from Chad Molleken, executive director of Pride House London said: "It is with huge disappointment due to circumstances beyond our control that we have had to withdraw the license application for the Pride House Festival on Clapham Common. We would like to thank Lambeth Council, local businesses and the residents who have continued to support the project."

Jocelyn Wudel, project coordinator for Pride House, told Event: "There was a lack of funding so we had to withdraw our license application to Clapham Common. We had done a lot of planning and unfortunately we were unable to make it work."

Pride House couldn’t confirm which sponsors had been in place for the house, which had hoped to welcome 250,000 people to marquees on the common for 17 days during the Olympics.

Wudel told Event a replacement venue was being sought for the house: "We’re still looking at alternative options – possibly another venue or something else. We are trying to bring a Pride House to London but it won’t be on Clapham Common. We’re not giving up."

The house was supported by Locog and would have been the first Pride House at a summer Olympic Games. At its launch it was praised as a significant milestone for the Olympics and LGBT community by Pride House ambassador Stephen Fry.

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