London’s been getting ready for its annual Pride in London event! The LGBT+ community together with its supporters will take to the streets to march in the Pride in London Parade, on July 6th, 2019. Many of my friends will be congregating around Soho at mid-day to join in the festivities. Yet Pride still conveys a sobering message. With so many attacks on the LGBT+ community, we still do not live in a world where everyone can love equally. So today is an incredibly important date in London’s diary to come together to celebrate love and continue to fight for the rights of everyone
Trafalgar Square Party
From 12 – 8pm today, Trafalgar Square will be full of shows and entertainment. Soho will be filled with things going on. I am going to head to Old Compton Street and meet some friends to go on the march before I head off to see Stevie Wonder later.
50 years ago, on 28th June 1969, the Stonewall Uprising started a series of events which kicked off the modern Pride movement.
This year is the #PrideJubilee, remembering fifty years of activism, protests, and victories that have made the Pride movement what it is today.
Timeline provided by Pride in London:
28th June 1969 – Queer people of colour lead the Stonewall Uprising in New York. Members of the LGBT+ community at the Stonewall Inn rise up against continued oppression by the police and society in general
1st July 1972 – The first official UK Gay Pride Rally takes place in London
Early 1980s – London is hit by the AIDS crisis, with thousands diagnosed with HIV over the course of the next decade
9th April 1987 – Princess Diana opens the UK’s first purpose-built unit for the treatment of HIV patients, shaking the hands of AIDS patients without gloves
9th October 1987 – Margaret Thatcher delivers an anti-gay speech at Conservative Party Conference, widely seen as setting the foundations for Section 28
23rd May 1988 – Lesbian activists storm the 6 O’Clock News to protest the enactment of Section 28
12th January 2000 – The ban is lifted on lesbian, gay and bisexual people openly serving in the British Armed Forces
30th November 2000 – Equal age of consent for homosexual couples is finally passed after being blocked multiple times by the House of Lords
17th July 2013 – Same-sex marriage is passed in England and Wales
2019 – As anti-trans protestors continue to hijack Pride events globally and attacks on trans people treble in ten years, the fight for trans rights continues