Over 400 people march with Stonewall at Pride in London
Among walkers were 150 young people, including Stonewall's Young Campaigners of the Year
Stonewall, Britain's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, marched with over 400 supporters and volunteers at Pride in London today.
Among these included over 150 young people, including Stonewall's Young Campaigners of the Year Sirina-Monique and Christian Webb.
Prior to marching, Stonewall held its annual Youth Pride event, supported by Lloyds Banking Group and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Evan Davis (Dragons Den, Newsnight) chaired a panel discussion with LGBT role models, and the young people were also addressed by Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt and Kimberley Bird, Deputy Chair of Rainbow, Lloyds Banking Group's LGBT network.
Tomorrow, Stonewall will be at UK Black Pride, of which it's the headline sponsor. As well as a presence with a stall, Ruth Hunt will speak on stage and Sirina-Monique (Young Campaigner of the Year) will also be performing. This will be UK Black Pride's tenth annual event.
Pride in London is a wonderful event that celebrates LGBT equality and how far we've come. And we're delighted to sponsor UK Black Pride for the fifth consecutive year - an event that truly celebrates the diversity of our community.
However, we must not lose sight of how much is left to do. The number of reported LGBT hate crimes is on the rise across the UK, our government must address trans law reform, LGBT people are still being bullied in school and isolated at work, and overseas many Prides either take place under armed guard or not at all. In fact, it's illegal to be gay in 75 countries and punishable by death in ten.
Stonewall believes in a world where all people, everywhere have the right to be themselves and be accepted without exception. And until all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people can do this, whether in their place of worship, in sport, at work, at school, overseas, we still have work to do.