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Boris Johnson to lead London Pride parade again

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  1. Hope the weather is good for the parade.

    Interestingly – all 3 of the politicians mentioned in this article – Boris Johnson; Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone support civil partnership apartheid against gay people.

    None of them are campaigning for equality.

    Anyone who gets a chance to see them should ask them why they are in favour of civil partnership apartheid.

  2. vulpus_rex 2 Jul 2010, 10:40am

    I too hope the weather is good as I shall be playing in a band outside.

    If I do happen to meet Boris I shall certainly congratulate him for being a vast improvement on his predecessor.

  3. dave wainwright 2 Jul 2010, 10:45am

    This news is the last straw ,
    Myself and friends are attempting to arrange a reclaim Pride event for next year for 2011.
    We intend to stage a picnic in Hyde Park as a protest at the commercialisation of London Pride . .
    The first picnics were held at The Dell near the serpentine cafeteria, no permission sought nor stewarding , in recent years The Royal Parks have refused to stage Pride .
    It is our hope to return to a Pride where people matter , not peripherals, all we need is people , we do not need stages , do not need bars and beer tents , funfairs or boybands promoting their latest singles , we just need a picnic and each other .
    I cordially invite you to join us and spread the word that in 2011 we are reclaiming Pride London with a picnic in Hyde Park , the spiritual home of London Pride ,
    PRIDE IS A PROTEST , Gay Pride not Pay Pride, PRIDE IS A PICNIC

  4. Justin Hinchcliffe 2 Jul 2010, 11:51am

    Excellent news. Let’s give Boris a big cheer when he passes us.

  5. Interestingly – all 3 of the politicians mentioned in this article – Boris Johnson; Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone support civil partnership apartheid against gay people.

    I’ve been told that DELGA want the LibDems to debate and vote on same-sex marriage at this year’s autumn conference. It will be interesting to see what happens. Will it even be debated? Will they allow a vote?

  6. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2010, 12:44pm

    Good ol Boris!!

  7. Justin Hinchcliffe – can you tell me why the LGBTory Group are in favour of Apartheid against same sex couples in the form of Britain’s Civil Partnership law.

    Is LGBTory group still in favour of the alliance between the Tory party and the extreme-right neo-fascist Law and Justice Party in Poland.

    What is LGBTory Group doing to ensure the opt out that religious groups have from equality legislation is reveresed.

    Does LGBTory Group endorse Theresa May as the Equalities minister in view of her appallingly homophobic voting record on issues relating to the LGBT community?

  8. I don’t believe any of these attendance figures anymore. Organisers of the recent Manchester Day Parade and a local councillor claimed 75,000 were on the streets watching and that figure was reported by the BBC and local newspapers.

    But a quick look at the route (just 2,850 yards), and having been there and seen the crowd, convinces me it was actually between 10,000 and 15,000. The same is done with Manchester Pride. In 1999 a physically-impossible figure of 600,000 was claimed when it was certainly less than 100,000 and in recent years it has been less than 50,000. But the media still regularly reports 200,000 or 250,000 people. And the same was done for the recent Irish Festival.

    It makes you wonder else they are lying about!

  9. Dr Boycock 2 Jul 2010, 2:49pm

    @3 Not sure I agree with you on this. “The first picnics were held at The Dell near the serpentine cafeteria, no permission sought nor stewarding” Yes, thats all very well, but impossible now, given the numbers attending. Are you proposing that Pride should be just for the London ´locals´? With people attending from all over the country, in fact from across the world, you cannot just have impromptu ´picnics´ in parks. For events of the size of Pride, things need to be properly organised. Where would all of the thousands and thousands of Pride goers go to the toilet? (at a ´picnic´)

    “all we need is people , we do not need stages , do not need bars and beer tents , funfairs or boybands promoting their latest singles , we just need a picnic and each other .” Again, please speak for yourself. I have often attended Pride on my own. Where are the facilities for me at your picnic? I personally enjoy the entertainment, the chance to see popular artists and performers, the huge stages. All of this costs money. All of this has to be paid for.

    What you describe certainly sounds quaint. Remembering how things ´used to be´ often is. But things grow, change and evolve over time. Pride is now a massive event for all, not a small picnic for locals.

    Please, by all means, organise your picnic, but ´reclaiming Pride?´ Sorry no, it will just be a picnic. Let the rest of us enjoy this massive event in Central London.

  10. dave wainwright 2 Jul 2010, 3:49pm

    The Royal Parks have consistantly refused to host PRIDE for decades now, yet they are the only parks now big enough to host the numbers pride attracts and that is combining Green Park Hyde, Park and Kensington Gardens , what is to stop us as individuals sitting down to a picnic in Hyde Park where it all began with a PICNIC ?
    When one million people congregate for a festival it is usual for the BBC to report it , and give coverage , this does not happen when it comes to Pride , there is a virtual news blackout , it may get a mention that the Mayor attended and led the march and may get few seconds more in the London and Manchester regional news . Each year I am moved to write and complain , to the bbc, , there is a great disparity between coverage of Pride and similar sized events such as Notting Hill carnival and Glastonbury , as far as the rest of the country is concerned , Pride just doesn’t happen and barely, if ever, gets even a mention , this is no longer tolerable , it is important to elderly and disabled gay persons living in rural, isolated and remote locations to be able to see the visibility of numbers in London and Manchester on our news channels , that they to may take courage and enjoy the celebration , the only reason I can think of that this is not the case, is that a decision has been made by the powers that be to cover up the whole occasion and keep quiet about the numbers and nature of the event , it stinks of homophobia on a grand scale . 40 years ago we should have taken our march to wood lane and camped outside the BBC , but there is no longer any political will to do so , all the current generation seem to want to do is preen themselves and get off their faces at extortionate marked up prices , maybe we should just rename the whole event as it has very little to do with Gay Pride any more , i suggest renaming the event Vanity Fair , far more appropriate , in my humble opinion .

  11. No 8: G:

    I’m not sure about the figures for Manchester or London Pride.

    But the figure of 22,000 people marching, and 100,000 watching Dublin Pride last weekend were the official police estimates. They were not the figures being circulated by the organisers.

  12. @dave wainwright – if I remember the reason the BBC used to give for not reporting was because it was a political event. But as your reply suggests that idea/excuse is a bit laughable these days.

  13. Let’s all write or email the BBC

  14. Yawn! What the hell kind of parade is it when the lead looks like a sack of spuds with a splat cat stuck on it’s head?! Gays should demand someone of glamour and sophistication like those Burka chaps do with Joanna Lumley. Jeez, San Francisco has the gorgeous Dykes on Bykes fronting their parade while we get lard ar*e Boris wobbling along in his Primark suit with yesterday’s sandwich stuck to the lapel….FAIL!

  15. @StephenC – a while ago I asked Greater Manchester Police about the crowd figures that ‘the police estimated’ in reports about Manchester Pride and how they could possibly be correct, as that number of people couldn’t possibly fit on the parade route. The police told me that all estimated figures actually came from the Pride organisers themselves. In other words it all leads back to the marketing people who run the event. The public is being misled.

  16. When he was unable to attend 2009 Pride, he appeared on a video link and was booed. It was funny.

  17. Will the new Equality minister be attending, I wonder? Shouldn’t it be compulsory for people in her job?

  18. dave wainwright 3 Jul 2010, 2:18am

    PRIDE IS A PROTEST dont you forget it :) xxx have a great Pride everyone xxx

  19. Peter & Michael 3 Jul 2010, 7:39am

    No Doubt the BBC will not give any coverage of this event as has been usual in the past, in case their viewers may be offended?

  20. Comment 1 – Lets hope that what Nigg CLegg is saying here actually materialises!!!!

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?title=Nick_Clegg's_message_ahead_of_London_Pride_2010&pPK=f364d0ad-6aa9-40af-9516-2ed999d1035f

    “…The Liberal Democrats are passionate supporters of equality for the LGBT community and strong supporters of Pride London. That’s why we have been clear on opposing Section 28, supporting equal adoption rights, promoting civil partnerships, PUSHING FOR GAY MARRIAGE, working against homophobic bullying and banning discrimination in the workplace.”

    Mark – according to the Guardian Labour MPs didn’t have a strong attendance record in any case but they seem to be saying that a lot of Tories ones will be attending!!!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/02/tories-out-in-force-gay-pride

    “…We had very few senior politicians come along – in 2008, just a few days before the event, we still didn’t have anyone at all confirmed from the government, and at the last minute they sent Harriet Harman.”

  21. Peter & Michael: “No Doubt the BBC will not give any coverage of this event as has been usual in the past, in case their viewers may be offended?”

    The reason the BBC has never given any coverage is that many people on the Pride march don’t want their faces broadcast across the nation. Not everyone is “out and proud”, but they feel they should contribute. I and many others used to be like that, and at the sight of a camera would duck for cover.

    Please stop applying your cynical, persecutionist theories to something when it patently isn’t true.

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