Doncaster Pride saw around 2,000 people return to the town centre for a free festival last Saturday.
For the previous two years the ex-mayor, a member of the English Democrats, had forced the event to be held in a fenced-in area out of town.
Louise, one of those attending the event, expressed the feeling of many local LGBT people. “I don’t feel like a caged animal now,” she told Socialist Worker. “I feel proud of our multicultural town.”
Before the event started a group of Palestinian activists, mainly young Muslims, had marched into the square following a die-in at a nearby shopping centre. A small group of racists had attacked the die-in.
Activists held an impromptu rally surrounded by Palestinian and rainbow flags. They talked about the importance of a forthcoming demonstration against the Ukip conference in Doncaster on 27 September.
Nazia said, “The march to Pride was spur of the moment, it was nice to link up and they supported us. It’s important that we all show Ukip that we’re multicultural and don’t want them here.”
Around 700 people also marched on Pride Cymru in Cardiff on Saturday of last week.
There were union delegations, with banners from Cardiff trades council and the PCS and NUT unions.