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‘Lesbian Jesus’ Hayley Kiyoko to make long-overdue UK return for incredible Pride concert

Emily Chudy May 6, 2022
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US singer/actress Hayley Kiyoko attends Billboard's 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York City on on December 6, 2018. (Angela Weiss / AFP/ Getty)

Hayley Kiyoko and Calum Scott have been confirmed for an incredible concert celebrating the last 50 years of Pride at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Proud and Loud, which will host musical performances and “LGBTQ+ icons”, will be commemorating 50 years since the first Pride march in the UK in July 1972.

The night will also raise money for Pride in London’s Unity Fund, which provides grants to charities including Black Trans Alliance and London Gay Symphony Orchestra.

Kiyoko, dubbed “lesbian Jesus” by fans, will be playing alongside former Britain’s Got Talent star Calum Scott, best known for his breakout cover of Robyn track Dancing on my Own.

Announcing her slot at the concert, Hayley Kiyoko said: “UK I AM COMING BACK!!! I can’t believe it’s been three years since I’ve seen you but it’s going to be the greatest reunion, and to celebrate PRIDE!”

The Proud and Loud concert will also reflect on the “key advancements of LGBTQ+ human rights in the UK” and look to the future of where queer rights can be improved, such as the continued fight for trans rights, as well as putting a stop to conversion therapy once and for all.

Christopher Joell-Deshields, Pride in London’s executive director, said: “The LGBT+ community in the UK has come so far in the past 50 years, and this concert will be a great moment to celebrate our journey and where we are today.

“However, it is also a time to acknowledge the work still to be done and what the next 50 years will look like.

“We are so grateful to all of the artists, LGBT+ icons and allies who will help make a night to remember.”

This year it has been announced that Pride in London 2022 will be retracing the steps of the first Pride, starting at Hyde Park, the site of the first post-march picnic in 1972.

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