Eight equality organisations join forces to march as one at Pride In London
Together In Pride celebrates the diversity of LGBT community
Collective group pays tribute to 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the leaders who created the modern LGBT equality movement
A diverse coalition of seven equality organisations are today (Saturday 6 July 2019) marching at Pride in London to show the power that comes from standing together as a united LGBT community.
Walking under the name Together In Pride, the collective is made up of more than 400 people representing Imaan, FTM London, Level Up, Mermaids, ParaPride, Sparkle, Stonewall UK and UK Black Pride.
The Together In Pride movement celebrates not only the community’s diversity but also the power in standing together. In bringing this range of different groups to march as one, Together In Pride is also a tribute to the individuals who led the uprising at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago.
Recent events including multiple attacks against LGBT people on the street, widespread transphobia in Britain and divisive debates about LGBT-inclusive education, have shown why it’s more important than ever for the LGBT community to come together in defiance of those who seek to divide us.
Also joining the Together in Pride march were Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, actress Rebecca Root and YouTuber Daniel Howell.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: ‘Pride is a time when we stand together, in celebration of what we’ve achieved and to renew our commitment to fight for true equality for all LGBT people.
‘This coalition embodies the full diversity of our community and the power that comes when we all stand together as one united movement. At a time when powerful forces seek to divide us, we know solidarity is needed more than ever.
‘The Together in Pride coalition also wanted to honour the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and give thanks to the people who led that uprising and created the modern LGBT movement we know today. Many of those people were part of groups who continue to exist at the margins of our community and in society, and for whom Pride isn’t yet a celebration but an act of defiance.’
Susie Green, Chief Executive of Mermaids, said: ‘Transgender people are facing hostility and erasure, and this includes attacks aimed at transgender children and young people. Coming together to promote the positive effects of love and support has never been more important.
‘We’re proud to be marching today at Pride in London alongside other organisations that protect and fight for trans rights, as a visible representation of that solidarity.’
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of UK Black Pride, said: ‘It was a community of sex workers, drag queens and trans women of colour who ignited the five nights of riots that would forever transform our lives. This movement was started by those fighting at the margins, who were constantly underestimated and disregarded. We are here to remind everyone that it was QTIPOC who started this movement. UK Black Pride is proud to march alongside these wonderful equality organisations.’
Janey Starling, Campaigns Director of Level Up, said: ‘As a feminist community in the UK we know how important standing together is, which is why we’re proud to march alongside this coalition of organisations today. Feminism and LGBT rights are intertwined, and Pride is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone of that.’
Spokesperson for Imaan said: ‘We joined in this march at Pride in London to send a clear message that our community will not be divided. We owe it to those who have come before us to take on Pride’s spirit of protest to make sure no LGBT person is left behind. Our diversity is what makes us strong and that’s what this group marching today represents.’
Joseph Williams, Managing Director of ParaPride said: ‘We are increasingly reminded of the limitless contribution LGBTQ people with disabilities offer to society, however there is still a long way to go in ensuring all facets of our community are included and empowered. We’re proud to march today to show everyone attending and watching Pride that our community is strongest when we’re united as one and we will not stop challenging our city’s infrastructure and programming until every LGBTQ person feels like a part of our community and can engage equally in the activities presented to it.’
Jay Crawford, Chair of Sparkle’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘We’re incredibly honoured to march beside these other organisations today to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community. True equality is a collective struggle, and it’s up to each and every one of us to play our part to make sure no minority is left behind in our fight for a better world.’
Jaimin Vadhwana from FTM London, said: ‘FTM London are proud to be marching as part of Together in Pride. We believe the group is a wonderful celebration of the diversity within the LGBT+ community. We also see this as a great opportunity for trans people from all backgrounds to be visible and share their story.’