Pride in London will ‘send message of defiance’

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The London Pride parade’s theme for this year will be “Love Happens Here,” as the organizers announced. Pride in London is keen to emphasise the “hope, acceptance, activism and love” of the capital, at the same time pointing out the everyday problems LGBT community faces with. 50 years after homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, the organisation wanted to make clear that it does not mean that the problems disappeared and there is nothing to do. “Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland still don’t have the same rights as the rest of the UK, and it is because of Britain’s historical role in the world that anti-LGBT+ laws exist throughout the commonwealth,” a spokesperson said. Leading the pack, Los Angeles Pride has thrown out much of its traditional celebrations, with a large ‘resist’ protest set to take place instead of a parade, although London event is set to remain entertaining and joyful. “We’re asking each and every one of you to show the world that London is open, and that Love Happens Here,” a spokesperson said, “We want to hear your grand gestures, your intimate moments, the times you fell in love. As we continue to battle discrimination at home and abroad, London will send a defiant message to those who wish the LGBT+ community harm. We will take a defiant stand against hate, but also importantly, celebrate who we are. When we stand together we are a powerful and positive symbol of acceptance, support and friendship.”

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