Pride in London is a not-for-profit organisation with an aim to provide a platform for all LGBT+ people across London.
Run by a large group of selfless and committed volunteers, Pride in London (the most diverse Pride in the UK) is a month-long celebration that puts the LGBT+ community centre stage. Pride in London is perhaps the the only occassion where such a bright light is shone on the issues the community and people within it face and aims to represent every part of London’s LGBT+ community including those who are “lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant”. Whilst from the outside it might just seem like an excuse to celebrate, it’s important to remember the real reason Pride is and should be such a big deal. Same-sex marriages where only legalised in England 5 years ago. The Gender Recognition Act came into effect in 2004, but was critisised harshly by many members of the House of Lords and still is. And, regardless of laws in place to protect and promise respect, violence and intolerance gainst LGBT+ people can be found far more easily than we’d like.
So this Pride, celebrate and walk respectfully hand-in-hand being a true ally to the LGBT+ community but keep in mind the challenges they face and most importantly, donate to the causes:
- Stonewall: Programmes, campaigns and fundraising to protect the LGBT people
- LGBT Foundation: Helping improve the lives of LGBT people
- akt: Supports LGBTQ+ young people who are homeless or living in hostile environments
- MindOut: Mental health service run by and for LGBTQ people
Discover more charities at charitynavigator.org
How to Celebrate Pride in London
The Parade: Saturday 6 July
This year’s parade celebrates the conception of the modern LGBT+ rights movement 50 years ago. The parade begins at Portland Place at 12pm, will move along Oxford Circus and Regent Street, through Trafalgar Square and ending in Whitehall. If you’d rather watch the action from the comfort of a seat, book a grandstand ticket here.
Barry’s Bootcamp: Special Pride Classes
Barry’s Bootcamp are putting on special Pride classes on July 5th across all their studios in London, with all proceeds going to the official Pride in London charity. July 5, 7.30pm, all London studios.
Life in Colour: Portraits of Queer Londoners
An exhibition of Leo Crane’s work. Over the past few months, a variety of queer Londoners have sat to be painted in Crane’s studio. The portraits will reveal the dialogue between the artist and the subject and will showcase just some of the endless different faces of queer London. 6 June – 31 July, 6pm – 9pm. Free entry, Stratford East Picturehouse.
SoLo Craft Fair: Pride Special
Shop crafty bits and bobs from (some) LGBTQ+ makers and enjoy the fact that a portion of profits will be donated to The Albert Kennedy Foundation, a charity which supports homeless LGBTQ+ people. 8 June, 12pm – 5pm. Free entry, Balham Bowls Club.
Pride in London 10K
Pride in London costs about £1m to put on. If you’re a natural runner, enjoy a 10k through Hyde Park and get family and friends to sponsor you so you can help put on Pride in London and make it as amazing an event as it can be. 9 June, 9:30am – 1pm. From £16, Hyde Park
Pride’s Got Talent Music Final
For the fifth year running, the Pride’s Got Talent music competition allows new talent in the community to be celebrated and judged by industry-recognised judges. Watch the final at London’s Apollo Theatre and before you do so, check out the finalists and choose your favourite here. 9 June, 6:30pm – 10:30pm. From £11.50, Apollo Theatre.
Trans in Tech – Driving for Authenticity
Bring your most authentic selves to this event with guest speaker Charlie Martin, LGBTQI+ activist and racing driver. Emily Coates will also speak about her experience as a transgender woman working at Microsoft and what her experience was like transitioning in a work environment. The aim of the event is to help people take away an understanding of how showing up as your authentic self does wonders for both your personal and work lives. 19 June, 6pm – 9:30pm. Free, Microsoft Reactor
There are over 100 events taking place this year. Find the full schedule and line-up at prideinlondon.org