As Britain celebrates 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the theme of this year’s Pride Festival is ‘Love Happens Here.’ In a celebration of amour in all its forms, the event, which spans a two week period, showcases the capital’s inclusive nature.
Kicking off on June 24th, it includes a Run for Rights, Saucy Soho Tours, and discussions about what the 1967 decriminalisation meant at the time, plus LGBT Britain on film, multiple sporting events, live music and dance classes. And it’s good value: the sheer majority of these events are free or less than a tenner.
It’s worth adding that this celebration maintains an awareness of the roots of the event, which are in protest not party.
Light will be shed on the situation for LGBT+ people around the world, the sharing of experiences of being queer in different communities, and frank discussions about HIV and the National Health Service. There’ll also be workshops on sexual orientation, gender and sex education on the school curriculum.
And as usual, the finale is the parade in which tens of thousands of us and our allies will take to the streets of London on Sat July 8th.