Over 30,000 people attended Pride in London on 27 June, with many thousands more lining the streets in support.
Buoyed up by the news that gay marriage is now legal in the US, thousands of people marched to highlight the continued struggle for LGBT rights in Britain and beyond.
This year the demonstration had a contingent on it from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, a group that was formed in the 1980s to support the mass strike by the NUM against Thatcher’s destruction of their jobs and industry. Marching with the large and vibrant TUC bloc, LGSM was greeted with large cheers – many more people now familiar with their story since the movie Pride came out in 2014.
But many were critical that Pride continues to become more corporate and dominated by companies like Barclays, Asda and AXA life insurance. The march was very tightly controlled by stewards and groups have to pay to attend which many felt was part of an agenda to rob Pride of its militant edge and co-opt it into a public relations campaign for some companies.
The fight for liberation and equality for all continues.
Photos of the march were taken by Steve Eason
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