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Celebrating 'legal heroes'

With gay rights now entrenched in law, is there still a place for Pride, asks Kevin Poulter

16 June 2015

On 27 June, the streets of London will once again be filled by the annual Pride parade and a whole range of associated fringe events.

The theme for the many floats and walking groups this year
is ‘heroes’. But with recent controversy over the ‘ban’ on UKIP participating in the parade and while gay and lesbian citizens of the UK enjoy what is effectively legal equality, is there a still a place for Pride, and if so, what should it look like?

The organisers of this year’s event have come under some unanticipated scrutiny and criticism on social media and
in the national press. For those unfamiliar thus far, it was decided by committee to deny UKIP’s application to join the Pride
in London parade. Somewhat confusingly, the reason given
was ‘to protect participants and ensure the event passes off safely and in the right s...

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