London Pride Parade 2022: March, Itinerary, Venue and Events

London Pride is back in the capital for the first time since 2019, celebrating 50 years since the very first march in 1972.

More than a million people are expected to descend on the capital for the parade, which kicks off on Saturday (July 2 at noon).

According to organizers, 30,000 people have signed up for the march from more than 600 LGBT+ community groups.

The parade is an “opportunity for expression of celebration, joy and triumph, but also the voice to rightly express the ongoing struggle for the injustices and inequalities that exist among us,” Pride said in London.

Those marching today will call on the UK government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act and give LGBT+ communities equal protection against hate crime.

They also call for an end to the “hostile environment towards minority migrants” and for the establishment of a national AIDS memorial in memory of those who died during the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The Independent is the official publisher of Pride in London 2022.

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Dame Kelly Holmes attends London Pride after coming out this year

Dame Kelly Holmes is attending this year’s Pride in London.

The Olympic champion came out as gay in June at the age of 52. She told the Sunday Mirror that she first realized she was gay at the age of 17.

But she kept quiet for fear of being brought to court if same-sex relationships were banned in the armed forces.

She posted a photo of herself dressed in a brightly colored outfit on Instagram, captioning it: “Let’s do this. Proud of London, here I come!”

Dame Kelly added the hashtag #beingme to her post.

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Revelers enjoy the atmosphere

More than a million people will gather in London today for Pride’s 50th anniversary.

The Pride event took place in the capital on July 1, 1972, and was a carnival parade of protest against the inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ people at the time.

Here crowds line the streets around Picadilly Circus to celebrate.

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This is what it was like to march at the very first Pride

As Pride in London celebrates 50 years since the very first march in 1972, Peter Tatchelli writes about what it was like to be there.

Read about his experience below:

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‘We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping’

Padraigin Ni Raghillig, president of Dykes on Bikes London, a motorcycle club for gay women, rode her Harley Davidson at the front of the Pride parade.

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She told the PA news agency that it felt “fantastic” to be back after the lockdown and that it was important for the community to get together at least once a year.

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She said: “I think there’s often a lot of discussion about commerce and it’s not protest anymore, but I think there’s still an element of protest and, of course, celebration, and as we go further and become more visible and more have rights and equality, it might still be important I think to go out at least once a year and say ‘we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping’.

“I think there’s still homophobia, I think it’s like with a lot of things when they get more prominent the negative side of things gets pushed more underground.

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“I think homophobia used to be more overt and I think it’s probably quite submissive now, and that’s why it’s really important that we’re here and that we say ‘we’re here’, and we continue to thrive as a community.”

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How did the annual Pride event come about?

The LGBT+ community gathers around the world every June to celebrate Pride Month, and for many it culminates in Pride parades.

Although the events actually take place throughout the summer, June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots that broke out in Greenwich Village, New York City, on June 28, 1969, after police raided one of the city’s hottest gay clubs, causing the regulars to fight back. . protest boldly.

Read all about how the event came to be and what events are happening in the UK:

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First gay Married At First Sight UK couple marches at Pride in London

The first gay couple in the hit reality series Married at first sight VK will march at the parade of Pride in London to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Matthew Jameson and Daniel McKee became the first gay couple to participate in the Channel 4 show in 2021.

Read more about their campaign:

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What is the theme for Pride in London 2022?

Pride in London celebrates 50 years since the first march took place in the capital in 1972.

In partnership with WPP, an organization that campaigns for LGBT+ integration in the workplace, #AllOurPride commemorates significant historic events that have enhanced diversity in the UK over the past five decades.

Saman Javed explains what the theme means:

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Cast of Heartstopper spotted at Pride in London

The cast of Netflix teen comedy drama heart stopper were photographed taking part in the Pride in London parade.

The cast of Heartstopper (LR) Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Tobie Donovan and Sebastian Croft attend Pride in London

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The stars of the hit show, Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Tobie Donovan, Sebastian Croft, Kizzy Edgell and Corinna Brown snapped photos laughing and sitting on each other’s backs, draped in LGBT+ flags.

The cast of Heartstopper (LR) Joe Locke, Jenny Walser, Kit Connor, Sebastian Croft, Tobie Donovan, Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell attend Pride in London 2022

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heart stopper is a British coming-of-age series that follows a budding romance between Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) as they pursue their high school coming out.

Joe Locke attends Pride in London 2022

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The Independent’s Voices team attends Pride in London

the independentThe in-house Voices team is present at Pride in London.

Victoria Richards and Harriet Williamson march along with other LGBT+ activists and activists, waving The Independent’s Pride flags and the flag of Ukraine.

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Crowds gather as Pride kicks off

Thousands of people have gathered in central London to show their support for LGBT+ people and watch the Pride in London parade kick off.

Many are decked out in rainbow-colored clothing, accessories, hair colors and more, waving flags and cheering as the protesters pass.

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