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Pride in London board favours banks as activists plan for protest

Issue No. 2457

The Pride in London (Pil) board has overturned a commitment to allow trade unionists to lead this month’s Pride in London parade.

The Pil board, whose chair advises David Cameron, gave the place to Barclays Bank and other corporate sponsors.

It moved the trade unionists from block A to block C. Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) had also been due to lead the parade. LGSM representatives have said they will now move to block C too.

Pride parades are rooted in the birth of the modern LGBT movement following riots in 1969. But they have increasingly become apolitical parties.

It would be a mistake to boycott Pride. Nicola Field, one of the founding members of LGSM, said, “We want as many of our supporters as possible to join block C.

“But we do need to discuss what sort of event we want in London next year.

“I want a return to a defiant political protest, and a big turnout in our section will be the best way to start organising to make that happen.”

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Tue 9 Jun 2015, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2457
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