We admit we hadn’t been to Pride in London for aeons until last year (instead defecting more often to Brighton’s annual bash). But after enjoying a most uplifting experience in 2018 with a million others, we can’t wait for this weekend’s events.
As we all know, sadly it’s not all celebration: the much-reported rise in homophobic attacks and all things right-wing, in addition to the closure of LGBT spaces, means there is definitely a protest element as much as a joyous one.
But whether it’s about diversity, activism or demonstration, this year, of course, Pride also marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.
So let’s not forget that momentous fact as we march, dance and keep campaigning for a genuinely equal footing. After all, which queer couple – even in 2019 – can honestly say they feel safe holding hands spontaneously in public at all times, in all areas?
On a practical note: the parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm (midday), moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall around 530pm. The organisers advise you avoid busy locations such as Trafalgar Square.
And from the hundreds of Pride-related events across every corner of the city, here are just over half a dozen to consider.