(By Yasmin Kocharli) It is 50 years since the laws which criminalised homosexuality in England and Wales has been abrogated. 2000 people attended the first London Pride that was held in 1972.
On 8th of July 2017, the 45th London Pride was held in London with 26 000 people attending according to BBC news. This year’s theme is ‘Love happens here’ which is very symbolic, the color, age and gender does not matter for Love.
The route of the parade started from Oxford Circus down to the Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus,it then headed towards Trafalgar Square, and finished in Whitehall at around 5 pm, which made 1.4-mile (2.3km).
More than 300 different Pride groups took part in the parade, such as: Skittles, Tesco, HSBC,BBC, PwC, Starbucks to name but a few. Showcases of many shops and offices in central London were decorated with the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement.
Regent street was so crowded that some people felt anxiety and needed help of ambulance that escorted the whole pride. People of all ages participated in the parade, there was also a lot of children accompanied with their parents. People were smiling dancing and enjoying the pride, Overall, everybody seemed happy and peaceful.
A lot of public figure, bloggers, entrepreneur attended or at least tweeted about the event.
Prime Minister Theresa May also did not remain indifferent, her message says: ‘UK has a responsibility to stand up for our values and to promote the rights of LGBT Plus people internationally’.
She also said: ‘London once again sends a proud and positive message to the world, I wish everyone a fantastic Pride’.
The Parliament building projected the LGBT flag for the first time and going to be lit up on 8th to 10th of July in celebration of the annual Pride weekend.
As Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London mentioned: ‘We’ve had a horrible last few weeks. We’ve had terror, we’ve had tragedy’, so London needed this joyful day full of laughter and happiness.