With Paul Barnes handing over the Presidency to Derick Payne the GLAY association announced that it had raised over €30,000 for charities, a remarkable amount for an organisation that receives little funding.
Without being part of the internal polotics of GLAY and privy to anything but third hand public info ( even though we are registered members of GLAY) it would appear that the presidency of Derick Payne was cut short for some reason and that the part time artistic director Ryan English ( former vice president) has now assumed the role
As mentioned we have no knowledge of this nor as GLAY members can we locate any information we received about this change.
Unfortunately we cannot confirm how many people voted for Mr English, a former Laban Centre ( New Cross ) student or even if there was an election.
We can however tell you that Mr English would remind members to vote for him for an award, however such members such as Cafe Florin ( of whom Mr English has known about for over 4 years) were never included on any of the lists for members tourists or visitors to vote for.
Mr Derick Paine did at least visit Cafe Florin once when he was newly elected president, when asked why Cafe Florin was never included on any of the lists for awards ( particularly for bars and individuals who were paid members of GLAY and ran bars outside the Yumbo Centre). With a somewhat surprised look Mr Paine put his hands up and said he had no idea but he would look into it
We did attend a meeting recently (March 2013) when Ryan English ( he likes to be know as TJ in his factbook profile) said that the local council are considering "taking over gay pride" and moving the venue and the dates.
Personally speaking this sounds interesting however no information has been presented to the GLAY members other than the request for a vote via email for changing the dates
When we have accurate detailed information about the change of presidency and any of these further topics will be update this page further.
A happy Gay Pride 2013 for All.
There are regular updates and Ryan (TJ) Englsh
regularly publishes updates on the progress and preparations and performers who will be the central atttractions at the GLAYorganised events that take part on the stage area of the Yumbo Centrum The Facebook GayPride Maspalomas 2012 page run by Ryan English
The Gay Pride Maspalomas 2013 - Official Facebook Group is here.