After careful consideration, the organisers of Pride of London have announced the annual Parade and associated events will be postponed until next year, with the intention it takes place in the summer of 2021. This decision has been taken given the continued uncertainty around COVID-19 in the UK, and after engagement with agencies involved in the planning of the event, including the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council.
Organisers will however continue with a number of plans for 2020, including:
A series of digital events through Pride in London’s new all-year-round listings platform Coming Out;
the next phase of the organisation’s You!Me!Us!We! campaign aimed at driving real acts of support and allyship between communities;
the launch of a new community fund;
continued lobbying of government decision-makers on issues that impact our LGBT+ communities, such as the Gender Recognition Act
A statement from Pride in London’s Co-Chairs:
“It has not been an easy decision to postpone this year’s Pride in London Parade until 2021, but it is the right thing to do. As always, we must prioritise the health and wellbeing of our communities, volunteers and contributors. Organising one of the capital’s largest annual events means we need to create a safe environment for everyone who attends the Parade or any of other events we curate throughout the year. Given the current advice from the Government and Public Health England, we do not believe it is feasible to hold our Parade in 2020 - instead we will be carrying over the great ideas, planning and hard work into next year’s event.
“While we may not physically see each other in Trafalgar Square, Soho or Piccadilly Circus until 2021, we will continue to bring our communities together digitally via our all-year-round online guide for the capital’s LGBT+ events: Coming Out. We have some fantastic things in the diary already for the next few months, and we’ll be sharing more detail on these in due course so everyone can get involved.
“This is also no time to be complacent when it comes to fighting for our hard-won rights. Pride is a protest - and in that spirit we will be continuing to lobby government decision-makers to address the discrimination faced by marginalised LGBT+ groups, starting by actively reforming the Gender Recognition Act.
“We also recognise the important community role Pride in London plays, so we will be launching the exciting next phase of our You!Me!Us!We! Campaign in the coming weeks, which we hope will galvanise every single one of us into becoming better allies to those who need it most. Alongside our campaign, we’ll also be launching a new community fund to support those who need it most during these extraordinary times. This includes distributing small grants to grassroots organisations that are advocating for and addressing the needs of LGBT+ people, which has been a goal of Pride in London since we were first established.
“Now more than ever, we ask everyone to continue to be kind, loving and generous - check in on friends and loved ones, support queer artists and organisations, and keep lifting one another up.
“We look forward to seeing everyone in person in 2021. In the meantime, we encourage you to join in with our digital events and support our campaigns via social media channels.”
- Alison Camps & Michael Salter-Church, Co-Chairs of Pride in London