Pride Arts and Entertainment Director Natasha Scott, in her last year studying applied social science, is urging university staff and students to vote: “If we are one of the three winners it gets Hastings Pride £50,000 which is going to make a huge difference to our event and activities.”
Hastings Pride has reached the final of the ITV Meridian East region for the National Lottery's People Projects. Since 2005, the partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery, ITV and STV (Scotland) has given the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area and has awarded £42m to 960 good causes across the UK.
This year’s Hastings event on 25 August will celebrate heroes of a protest following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay club in New York in 1969, a protest that served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Natasha said: “We intend giving Hastings LGBT+ community and their friends and families a safe place to be themselves during Pride. We will be running a full programme of events in the lead up to and following the main festival – so please vote for us.”