Pride in London 2019: This marks it as the 50th year of protest.
The famous Pride in London Parade 2019 started off today as the wait is finally over in the United Kingdom capital. The group Lesbians for Trans Rights marched as part of the Queer Liberation group.
A 27-year-old told The Guardian that she marched “to show that lesbians are not threatened by trans rights, in fact it is the opposite queer liberation includes all of us. Lesbians here are mobilising because last year lesbian terfs tried to hijack Pride to push their transphobic agenda and we say not in our name.”
The Guardian further told that the organizers of Pride in London claimed that this year’s event will be the most diverse in the 47-year history. Even though, the parade suffered a lot of criticism from campaigners that it has become too commercialized.
Moreover, the parade organizers said that pure marketing would not be allowed on the parade. They also claimed that they carefully examined the LGBT+ policies of all participating brands.
One of the organizers of the UK’s first Pride Parade in 1972, Peter Tatchell, talked about limits imposed by local authorities on marcher numbers. He said, “In the 1990s over 100,000 marched, and similar numbers would probably march today if the parade was not restricted. Pride has become so bureaucratic and regimented. LGBT+ individuals cannot join the parade, only organisations.”
He also raised concerns that there are burdensome costs for road closures and parking suspensions imposed on Pride. Thus, the Pride has to rely heavily on corporate sponsorships. He elaborated that there was a danger of “pinkwashing”. “Some corporates seem to see Pride as a marketing opportunity to target LGBT+ customers.”
What is it all about?
The term ‘Pride’ generally refers to the annual Pride in London parade in London. It took place on Saturday, July 6, 2019. There are also a lot of other Pride parades happening across London on the same day. Furthermore, gay pride parades in other British cities and all over the world are also taking place. Moreover, the Pride in London fortnight also features more than 60 events over weeks taking place until Sunday, July 7.
Sam Bjorn, a spokesperson for the group, said: “You have to ask what London Pride is really for? While the Home Office are celebrated, the LGBT+ migrants that they have dehumanized, detained and forced to live in fear of deportation have to watch from the sidelines.”
Many celebrities were also part of the parade.