Founder and Chair of Leeds LGB&T Pride, Tom Doyle has announced he is stepping down
Since it burst onto the Leeds scene 10 years ago Leeds LGB&T* Pride has become a key event in the city’s calendar. The event has grown impressively from its beginnings in 2006, when a few hundred people attended to this year that saw over 40,000 people take to the streets of Leeds celebrating the LGB&T* community and calling for equality.
Tom said, ‘It’s been a massive pleasure and a great honour to be the chair of Leeds LGB&T* Pride over the past 10 years. All those years ago we set ourselves the objective of delivering a high quality, visible, city centre event that the Leeds LGB&T* community and the whole city of Leeds can be proud of – mission accomplished.’
‘I’m proud to say that I’m leaving Leeds LGB&T*Pride in great shape, this year was by common consent, the best ever Leeds LGB&T*Pride, the finances are in good shape, and the Pride Directors are a talented, dedicated and enthusiastic team. Taken together I know that this is a fantastic foundation for the future development of Leeds LGB&T* Pride.’
Alexandra McEwan-Hannant, Leeds LGB&T*Pride Director said, ‘All of us who are part of the Leeds LGB&T* Pride team want to thank Tom for his decade of service and commitment to Leeds LGB&T* Pride. The success of Pride is due in no small part to Tom’s leadership, which has been inspirational and created a real legacy for Leeds LGB&T* Pride to move forward. The Leeds LGB&T* community and the city owe him a great debt of gratitude, not just for his work on Pride but also on wider LGB&T* health and equality issues’.
Tom will be remaining in his post as Chief Executive of Yorkshire MESMAC, the county’s largest LGB&T* charity where he has been for 26 years. ‘Though I’m stepping down from Leeds LGB&T* Pride I will still be working and campaigning hard for LGB&T* communities across Yorkshire. I am really looking forward to Leeds LGB&T* Pride 2017, which I know is going to be great success and for the first time I will be able to experience as a Pride attender’