Pride in London - a message from our LGBTQ Staff Network

27 June 2024


Pride in London is taking place this Saturday, starting at The Green Park, and walking down through Piccadilly to finish near Westminster.

There is a lot of comments regarding Prides that some people say such as “We don’t have Straight Pride” or “I don’t know why they have to do it!”

To this, I would say that Pride is about:

  • Celebrating acceptance and equality
  • Honouring the work of LGBTQIA+ people
  • Educating about LGBTQIA+ history
  • Raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Being proud of who you are, regardless of who you love!

In the UK, hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ people are on the rise. In 2021/2022 there was a 41% rise in hate crimes reported to the police on sexual orientation whilst there was a 56% increase in transgender identity hate crimes.

In some parts of the world, LGBTQIA+ rights are eroded every day.  There are 64 countries in the world where being LGBTQIA+ is illegal. For example, homosexuality is disapproved of in Russia, and any pro-LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups are seen as “extremist” and are banned. In Indonesia, men can be caned for having sex with another man.

I will leave you with a quote from Elliot Page, a Canadian actor, producer director and author: “Love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.” 

Wishing you a very happy Pride.

Phill Martin, Chair of LGBTQ Staff Network


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