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Hi I wish to complain that the council has either acted in a way that that is homophobic deliberately or that the council has used their websites in such an incompetent manner that the only inference that be drawn those using them is that the council is guilty if institutional homophobia.
Please treat this as an official complaint and in view of the fact the Thanet Pride event is tomorrow, please action it in a timely manner.
From outside of the council it is very difficult to tell which it is that has happened here and frankly I don’t see that it matters which it is as the effect is the same.
Yesterday I went to the councils website to find the timetables for two Thanet events this weekend, Thanet Pride and Ramsgate Council, my understanding is that these are the two main events being held in the two main Thanet towns this weekend.
Before I go any further here I would like to emphasise the importance of positioning on websites, where what is on the homepage or one click from it is likely to be seen, and in terms of events where people ate looking for what’s on they are obviously often looking for something that they don’t know exists, once it is lost in the depth of the website, they are very unlikely to find it.
From looking at the councils own websites it would appear that the council are aware of this and promote events on the homepage of http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/ (in this case Margate Carnival, although it is Ramsgate Carnival this weekend and not Margate Carnival) and http://www.thanet.gov.uk/ where the header banner events are Dippers and Dunkers and
Monster Bass both events well into August.
I have already had one email from a member of the council suggesting that this is not primarily a gay event, see supporting documents below, when looking at the http://www.thanetpride.co.uk/thanet/Home.html this would not seem to be the case.
I have already publicised this matter at http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/ and as I believe this site is blocked to people using TDC internet access so have also added it to the supporting documents below.
I then tried using the search facility on http://thanetonline.blogspot.com/
“pride” produced no results “gay” produced no results.
On the website http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/ I tried the link what to do this takes you to a page various link on it the one called “Browse all events” takes you to a series pages with events in no particular order where I found the event.