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LGBTQ+ activists stage die-in protesting police presence at London Pride

On Saturday, July 2, activists from the group Lesbians and Gays Support Migrants staged a die-in at London Pride 2022 to protest the presence of the police in the parade. On the 50th anniversary of the first Pride parade in London, more than a million people gathered in the streets of the capital and around […]
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Heartstopper cast playfully torment anti-LGBTQ+ protestors by dancing and blowing kisses at London Pride
Heartstopper cast were already our fave people, but watching them dance in front of anti-LGBTQ+ protestors at London Pride will make you love them even more.Thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies have taken to the streets of the capital today to mark the 50th Pride in London, donning their brightest colours and expressing themselves in the boldest ways.Sadly, a group of protestors also decided to show up, waving signs with anti-gay messages on, trying to prevent the community from celebrating.But, the people of London were not prepared for the protestors to dull their sparkle, as one youngster approached the elderly men at the railings and tried to grab his sign.As he did this, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston blasted over the speakers, with the cast of Netflix’s Heartstopper enjoying a joyous boogie and flipping off the protestors.It truly was a sight to behold, as Joe Locke (who plays Charlie Spring) and Sebastian ‘Bash’ Croft (Ben Hope) jumped around wearing rainbow flags, waving middle fingers and blowing sarcastic kisses to the group.The stars of Heartstopper absolutely loving it as anti-LGBT protesters are challenged by a young Pride supporter #Pride pic.twitter.com/7uUwaG9MXWWatching on was Kit Connor (who plays Nick Nelson), who was seen clapping and filming what can only be described as iconic behaviour.Those weren’t the only three cast members at Pride today, as it seemed to be a Heartstopper fest with Tobie Donovan (Isaac Henderson), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson), Corinna Brown (Tara Jones), Rhea Norwood (Imogen Heaney), and Jenny Walser (Tori Spring) also marching through the streets with colourful face paint and vibrant outfits.After trolling the protestors, the cast rejoined the march, where they
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Dame Kelly Holmes vows ‘never to live behind that curtain again’ as she enjoys Pride in London with Alison Hammond and Phillip Schofield after coming out
London Pride, wearing denim shorts, a black top and a colourful kimono with a rainbow flag trim at the bottom. Dame Kelly completed the look with sunglasses and a black cross-body bag which also featured a rainbow stripe down the middle. Addressing the crowd, Dame Kelly insisted she would never live ‘behind that curtain’ again.She explained: ‘For those that don’t know me, I am an honorary colonel with the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, I am a Dame Commander of The British Empire, I am the first British woman in the history of the Olympic Games to win two gold medals at the same games, I am mixed race and I am also a gay woman.‘For 34 years I have never been able to say those words until two weeks ago due to the fear of judgment and retribution that was instilled in me since the age of 18 because the laws in the military and being in the public eye didn’t allow me to do it.’She thanked fans for their support since coming out, adding: ‘All I can definitely say now is I’m 52, I’m never going to live behind that curtain again.’The sportswoman was joined by Alison Hammond and Phillip Schofield, who both wore white T-shirts with the ITV logo in rainbow colours. Dame Kelly had publicly come out as gay just two weeks beforehand, having felt she had to hide her sexuality for 34 years for fear of persecution.She revealed that she had first realised she was gay at the age of 17 in 1988 when she kissed a female comrade while was a soldier in the Women’s Royal Army Corps.The sports star revealed that she kept her sexuality hidden for fear of being persecuted as same-sex relationships were banned in the force, but it was the pandemic that spurred her on that it was finally time to be her ‘real self’ after having breakdowns
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Uniformed police told they’re ‘not welcome’ at London Pride
London parade, organisers have said.The move comes after LGBTQ+ campaigners called for them to be barred due to Scotland Yard’s ‘homophobic’ handling of the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has said the investigation, which the independent police watchdog is investigating, showed ‘institutional homophobia is alive and kicking in the Metropolitan police’.Speaking to The Guardian, he said the case, as well as other recent revelations of homophobia, racism and misogyny within the force, meant Pride in London needed to take a stand on police officers’ participation in the event.‘While there are many good officers, and they are welcome to march in civilian clothes, Pride needs to challenge the police as an institution, otherwise they will never reform,’ Peter said.In a statement to the newspaper, Pride in London said: ‘We work hard to strike a balance between the very real and legitimate concerns from members of our community, and being as welcoming as we can.‘We agree that the police uniform undermines that balance, and as such we are aligned that it should not feature in our parade.’The move does not prevent individual officers from marching out of uniform.The Gay Liberation Front, which organised the first Pride march in 1972, has also signed an open letter calling for an end to not only police taking part in the parade but also patrolling the event.The letter, organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, states: ‘Due to our deep-rooted concerns with policing – and the history of Pride itself as resistance against police violence – it is time to end the practice of police participation in Pride each year.‘It is time to end the presence of police banners.‘The
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More than 1,500,000 to attend ‘unity and Equality’ march at London Pride
London will return to the capital this weekend with more than 1.5m people expected to attend the event which is taking place again after a two-year hiatus.Saturday’s parade will pay homage to the UK’s first Pride March, which was organised by members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and took place on July 1 1972. The parade, which will kick-off at Hyde Park Corner at midday promises a focus on ‘visibility, unity, and equality for LGBTQ+ people’.More than 30,000 people and nearly 600 community groups will march in the parade with far more expected to line the streets and attend events.In light of the anniversary and ongoing fight for equality, Pride in London has released a short film, tracing the history of the UK movement, its successes and continuing challenges.Called ’50 Seconds of All Our Pride’ the film is a ‘powerful manifesto’ that celebrates the community’s ‘diversity, inclusivity, resilience, and strength’.Created exclusively by people from the LGBTQ+ community, the short film aims to convey the diversity of the community’s experience.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoAt its heart, Pride is a protest and as well as being a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community Pride in London is also using this year’s event to call for action.The volunteer-run organisation is urging the UK government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBTQ+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act, provide equal protection for LGBTQ+ communities against hate crime and end its hostile environment towards migrants.The organisation is also pushing for a national AIDS memorial to be established that acknowledges the impact of HIV and AIDs on the LGBTQ+ community.
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