Veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has hit out at Pride Cymru’s decision to accept sponsorship from General Electric (GE), a company which has donated more than $1million to US politicians who have a poor voting record on LGBT matters.
Pride Cymru takes place in Cardiff later this month and will include performances by, among other artists, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and Texas.
The BBC reports Mr Tatchell as saying: "I've got no objection in principle to corporations funding pride events, providing they're ethically vetted to make sure they're ethical companies that do not invest in countries that criminalise homosexuality and they do not fund organisations and politicians that work against LGBT rights.
"I hope Pride Cymru will reconsider their acceptance of General Electric sponsorship. It's not ethical and it's not appropriate."
Defending Pride Cymru’s association with GE, the event’s chair, Gian Molinu, said: "By engaging with them, we are working to break down barriers and we are ensuring that they listen to the voices of the LGBT+ community.
"Although this can be problematic, especially with organisations that operate on a larger, international scale, it's necessary that we do not shy away from approaching and working with those organisations.
"We cannot campaign for change and become an inclusive society by avoiding relationships and conversations with global organisations."
Commenting on the situation, a General Electric spokesman said: "GE is an equal opportunities employer with an active alliance dedicated to supporting and developing our LGBT employees."
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