Oxford Pride is a registered charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Membership in Oxford Pride is open to all.
We hold events and collaborate with other organisations throughout the year to create safe, welcoming, and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community.
The highlight of the year is the Pride Festival and Pride Day with the Parade making its way through the streets of Oxford.
The events supported or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues and lifestyles by providing information, education, and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment.
In keeping with Oxford’s queer history Oxford Pride celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual people and persons of other sexual orientations, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics in Oxfordshire.
From its first Pride Day on 3 May 2003, it has continued to evolve adding a Parade and Festival throughout the years.
A long-time patron of this charity. Paul was a familiar face on the drag scene in London during the 80s and a vocal campaigner for LGBTQIA+ and animal rights until his death.
We are honoured to acknowledge the founding Members of Oxford Pride:
Rob first became involved with Oxford Pride fundraising for the inaugural event, and in the fifth year celebrations served in his first term as Chair.
He rejoined the committee in 2014 as Director and Chair, during this time the event was moved to the Oxford Castle Quarter, bringing the event into the heart of the city.
After a three-year stint Rob, stepped down to pursue other projects. Now one of the owners of the Jolly Farmers, Rob returned to the Committee as Fundraising and Sponsorship Officer in 2022, and in 2024/2025 takes the reigns once again in his third term as Chair.
Paul joined Oxford Pride as a Non-Executive Director in 2016. He was later Chair in 2018. Whilst he was Chair the Oxford Bus Company Pride bus hit our city’s streets helping to increase our visibility throughout Oxford and the county.
Paul has worked in the hospitality and aviation industries and specifically within the Finance, Treasury, Procurement and Legal functions.
Its Paul’s role to manage our money. In consultation with the team Paul makes sure realistic budgets are set and that we understand how our money is earnt and spent.
Mazz was elected as Oxford Pride’s first female Chair in 2007. She founded the Oxford Pride Parade in 2008.
Mazz collaborated with local groups and organisations to expand Pride Day into an annual Arts & Culture Festival to better reflect the diversity and unique qualities of Oxford.
She helped Oxford Pride become a registered charity in 2013, with the relocation of the event to Paradise Street in 2015 and the expansion of Pride Day into Leiden Square in 2019.
Mazz is a portrait and event photographer, graphic designer and human rights advocate.
Nick joined Oxford Pride as a Non-Exec Director in November 2022. He has worked for the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School since the summer of 2017 where he is part of the University’s LGBTQIA+ group. Nick brings over 30 years of business experience to the role, as well as being a qualified coach and mentor, to provide oversight, governance and support for Oxford Pride’s activities. He strongly believes in people being able to be their authentic selves and to have the right to live in freedom and safety. Nick is a keen gardener, baker, gym goer and cat dad to Kumquat, Tilikum and Eartha Mae.
My name is Salvatore (Salva). Volunteering for me has always been one of the best things I could do, and back in my country (Italy), I was involved in a lot of activities with nonprofit organisations, like FoodBank and Community Accommodation Group for people with disabilities.
I volunteered in Oxford Pride 2023 and as it was an amazing experience, I decided to get more involved and help the community.
What you get back from volunteering is priceless: all the smiles, the love, and the feeling of doing good for the community, meeting new people, sharing experiences, and making new friendships. WOW.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Oxford Pride 2024. Join the team, it will be amazing!
Michelle is a proud Oxford townie. After studying in Winchester, the US and Leicester, she returned to teach at The Cherwell School.
Michelle believes strongly in intersectional social justice and equality; which has led to her being an active trade unionist as part of Oxfordshire NASUWT – the teachers union.
After her 4 years as the first Black, queer woman NASUWT President she is now in post as the 2022/23 Honorary Treasurer. Michelle also sits on the TUC General Council, LGBTQIA+ Committee, Black Workers Committee and Women’s Committee.
Nico is a web developer with 5+ years of experience in the tech industry. In his spare time, Nico dedicates himself to supporting charities, non-profit organisations, community groups, and freelancers in establishing their online presence.
He actively advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, as part of the Oxford Pride committee, and promotes the representation of BME individuals as the lead developer for Black Artforms and Black Leaders in Healthcare.
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