Steve Taylor is a Pride organiser with almost 20 years’ experience in civil society campaigns and communications. He’s a passionate advocate for LGBTI+ human rights and gender equality.
He is a board member of the European Pride Organisers Association with responsibility for their communications, and is Communications Director for Copenhagen 2021, the joint celebration of WorldPride and EuroGames in the Danish capital. It’s his love of Denmark that leads to the ‘Danophile’ monicker.
With a background in civil society campaigns, media and communications, Steve joined the new Pride in London team in 2013 and over the seven years that followed worked in their communications, operations, fundraising and community engagement teams. One of his proudest achievements with Pride in London was creating the ‘Flagbearers’ programme, where every flag of the world is featured in the Parade (pictured).
In 2015 he co-founded the UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) with his friend Andy Train, and the Network has gone on to dramatically change the Pride landscape in the UK, almost tripling the number of Prides there. He left the UKPON board in 2018.
A year later, in 2016, he was elected to the board of the European Pride Organisers Association, which advocates for and supports the Pride movement across Europe, and where he has responsibility for the Association’s communications. He also served as co-chair of InterPride‘s Communications Committee from 2016 to 2018 and has been facilitating the creation of a national Pride network in Ireland since 2019. He is a patron of Isle of Wight Pride.
In addition to his responsibilities with EuroPride and Copenhagen 2021, Steve is leading the communications team for Global Pride, the virtual Pride event being hosted by Pride organisations worldwide on 27 June 2020.
A regular media commentator and contributor, Steve has appeared on numerous current affairs programmes including BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, CNN, The Moral Maze and The Today Programme. His writing has been published by most UK newspapers and Huffington Post, Metro and more. He has a profile on Medium. In 2018 he was a runner-up in the British LGBT Awards in the ‘Most outstanding contribution to LGBT life’ category.
Originally from Yorkshire, Steve has moved around the country but settled in London where he moved to study in 1999. Steve has an expired criminal record and it was partly his experience in the criminal justice system that led him to be a passionate advocate for penal reform and human rights.
Steve lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his partner Kieron and their family is completed by their dog, the almost-Insta-famous Daniel the Spaniel.