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In Photos: London’s WorldPride 2012 parade

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  1. Can someone please teach the staff at Pink News how to create a simple slideshow? I’m sure it’s easy. Loads of websites do it.

    Send instructions to:
    news@pinknews.co.uk

  2. Stuart Neyton 7 Jul 2012, 6:57pm

    there must be an easier way of displaying all these photos

    1. all on one page? THIS IS THE INTERNET PEOPLE! YOU AREN’T LIMITED TO A4

    2. They don’t care about wasting our time with 59 complete page reloads and no guide to content. They got 58 extra hits on the page’s ads, didn’t they.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Jul 2012, 7:10pm

    Without the floats, it truly lacks something. The amount of onlookers didn’t seem that significant. Why was nobody carrying or marching behind an equal marriage placard? Pride needs to get back to it’s political roots. Marriage equality is an extremely important issue and sad to see nothing displayed.

    1. Paul.Essex/London 7 Jul 2012, 7:36pm

      I did see some people with Marriage Equality t-shirts and the Equal Lawyers for equal marriage, and also some stonewall t-shirts “Some guys marry guys, get over it” in the parade. But I agree it was very poorly represented and if anything the low profile it was given will only serve to feed the argument/myth that it isn’t actually important to LGBT. There are currently new anti-gay laws being proposed and coming into force around the world and marriage equality has caused a storm of controversy and misinformation in the UK. Worldwide equality and marriage equality should have been the two main themes to the parade, yet what there was was disparate and under-represented (especially marriage equality). Proof that Pride has lost its way, it’s no wonder that people outside the LGBT community (and within it) ask what the point of it all is.

      1. Paul.Essex/London 7 Jul 2012, 8:29pm

        I’m posting this before any other comments have been published on this thread: To be honest I think my previous comment was a bit harsh and actually I wanted to erase most of it about a second after I’d clicked on the Add Comment. I do think that Pride was actually better this year than it has been of late and actually had more integrity. Although I think it would have been good if Equal Marriage and World Equality had had had more of a focus.

        1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Jul 2012, 12:55pm

          Paul, absolutely, equal marriage should have had some prominence throughout the parade but I put that down to bad organisation and indifference. Pride has not only lost its way, it’s lost its message. I don’t think the general public could take it seriously. It comes across as an excuse to be outrageous, a joke even, cheap laughs. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. You’re also right that it gives our opponents impetus to promote the myths and portray LGBT people as not being really interested in introducing it. It’s one of the bi-products of CPs unfortunately. If we hadn’t had them, I think the political climate might have been very different and our cause more compelling than ever to introduce it. What CPs have done is to have lulled a lot of gay people into a false sense of security and belief that they have their equality and at the same time, armed the opposition to oppose equal marriage because of them even though many don’t even think we should have any legal unions.

          1. CPs were intended for exactly the purpose you describe. The case for equal marriage was already completely clear and it have come to pass in some countries, with CPs there the bigots alternative, and all the UK government ministers responsible were of the Roman church. We have to fight the continued effect of that.

  4. whatever the problems, it looked like a lot of people had fun. Wish I’d been there. Happy Pride Y’all

  5. Decriminalize homosexuality worldwide… yea Peter !

    Congrats London !

  6. Charlie-o 7 Jul 2012, 9:11pm

    The trouble with these parades is that they’re so slow and boring. In the old days, there would be floats and disco bands and drag queens and people in outrageous constumes doing outrageous things that would make us worry that we were turing off the straight people and setting back the moviment for equal rights. (How silly we were to worry!)

    Now we have a contingent of gay bank tellers followed by gay social workers, gay cops, and gay accountants. You can’t deny that’s not progress of some sort . . . but it is a little more dull.

    1. Paul.Essex/London 7 Jul 2012, 10:02pm

      I understand what you mean, it’s always more interesting when there is more of an obvious statement to make. I.e. the days when being there so many more people who were outraged or surprised to see people just being out in public, so having a bunch of drag queens and men in dog collars gyrating on floats positively blew their socks off. Although I saw a fair few sights today, even if all the floats had to be cancelled this year. However, those bank tellers, social workers, cops and accountants are there to show that being gay doesn’t automatically mean you have to be a particular type of person. That you are just as entitled to be as boring as all your straight peers and no-one, gay or straight, has the right to pigeon hole you. Don’t forget that 40 years ago (or even 20) some of those people would have lost their jobs if they’d been out and proud. So yes, there is no supposing about it, it certainly is progress.

  7. Pavlos Prince of Greece 7 Jul 2012, 9:56pm

    It was planned as a biggest success story in the history, but ends as a one day show. No, its about Greek Republic in the euro zone, not World Pride 2012.

  8. Terry Stewart 8 Jul 2012, 2:50am

    Great day and lots of fun had by all.

    Has someone airbrushed out all the Palestinian flags. There were loads of them and now there are none.

    Hope this is not another Israeli Pinkwash.

    1. A good thing, then, that this event was not hijacked by the usual crew of opportunist ‘Palestinian’ sympathisers. Perhaps they were parading at their own Gay Pride in Gaza, Cairo or Riyadh. Remember, Arab nations are the world leaders in gay rights.

      1. Spanner1960 8 Jul 2012, 1:06pm

        No more than a Jewish-run gay website would try to hide them.
        Palestinian LGBT people deserve gay rights as much as anybody else.
        Pride still needs to have a political angle, and I’d rather see that than a bunch of stereotypical mincing queens.

        1. So why, Spanner, do you demean yourself by posting on a “Jewish-run gay website”? Can’t you find a forum more congenial to your antisemitism? Many of the people holding Palestinian flags in previous Prides weren’t either ‘Palestinian’ or LGBT – just the usual street trolls who exploit any demonstration.

          1. Spanner1960 8 Jul 2012, 4:37pm

            Oh, I love the way you spin that one around.
            Anybody that takes a pop at Israelis, or tries to take a stand for the Palestinians is immediately branded ‘anti-Semitic’. I bet you are the type that calls any gay guy that doesn’t follow your lefty leanings “self-loathing”.

            Terry commented “Has someone airbrushed out all the Palestinian flags. There were loads of them and now there are none. ” – You have still not come up with an answer, but simply replied with a load of ad hominem nasty insults intended to make people feel guilty.
            Well I don’t feel guilty. Your Jedi mind-tricks don’t work on me. Either put up, or shut the fck up.

          2. Have I misunderstood the meaning of the term “Pinkwashing”?

            I thought that “Pinkwashing” was the phenomenon of a gay person (or somebody pretending to be gay), using their sexual identity to defend Islamist and homophobic regimes and to attack Israel for its uniquely positive treatment of the LGBT community.

            e.g.

            “As a GAY MAN I am HORRIFIED that Israel provides EQUAL BENEFITS to gay PARTNERS!!!!! How can it do that while it imprisons Hamas terrorists merely for firing missiles at schools????!!!”

            But Spanner1960 seems to be using “Pinkwashing” in quite a different sense.

          3. I agree Drew-T Sq was hijacked by the Palestinian activits & Israel haters. VERY OFFENSIVE to most people there. Myself & many others do not support another corrupt, misogynist, homophobic, basket case Islamic state coming into existence. Islam is the BIGGEST threat to gay rights today. Israel is a beacon of hope/sanctuary for Middle East gays. How can we support an ideaology that wants to cut our throats. KEEP STRONG ISRAEL, you have many supporters against these left wing nutters.

        2. Jock S. Trap 8 Jul 2012, 3:23pm

          Blinkered much Spanner?

          If anyone is being ‘stereotypical’, it’s you!

          1. Jock S. Trap 8 Jul 2012, 3:23pm

            ………Oh as a nasty bitchy queen!!

          2. Spanner1960 8 Jul 2012, 4:39pm

            Plenty of those about, Sunshine.
            It takes one to know one, as they say.

          3. There were no marchers calling for gay rights in Palestine or Palestinians showing presence. There were only Israeli bashers.

  9. I hope this lazy-seeming, uninformative, and inconvenient presentation of these pictures, many of which would have benefited from cropping too, was just in the cause of getting them on-line quickly.

    Many need captions because placards identifying the groups and causes are too small to read.

    A better presentation of them, and perhaps pictures by other photographers too – or links to their on-line albums – will hopefully replace this soon.

  10. Why are naked men overrepresented in these pictures? To me, they are the same of the gay community. Pride is our showcase to the normal world, so why enforce stereotypes of promiscuity, sex-minded things? Where are the pics of political messages and marchers of representatives of different trades.

  11. “Loads” of flags of a country that actively persecutes gays… at a gay pride march. Jesus H!

  12. Ok was looking forward to looking at the pics but given the VERY simple way it’s been loaded it’s too slow and laborious so I can’t be bothered!!

    Two simple words pinks news ‘Slide Show’ simples *squeek*

  13. Was going to add a comment, but a whole lot of people beat me to it !!

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