The countdown to World Pride has begun, and promises to be bigger, bolder, and braver than ever before.
It promises to be one of the highlights of the London summer calendar, sitting comfortably next to the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.
World Pride will be taking over Soho, the gay heart of London, on 17 June to officially launch the event.
The festival will take place from 17 June to 8 July, with the main parade on Saturday 7 July.
Gay 80s icon Boy George and Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox will be performing on the main stage, as well as comedians, drag acts, singers and speakers.
Kicking off from Baker Street, the parade will have over 170 groups walking through Regent’s Street, through Piccadilly Circus and into the main arena of Trafalgar Square.
Gay Star News, as the official news source for World Pride, will have a float alongside some of the most gay-friendly companies including Accenture, Armed Forces, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Eagle Group IBM, Ernst & Young, Flag (Tesco), Smirnoff, St Mungo’s, Stonewall, Terrence Higgins Trust, and The Co-Operative.
The city of Las Vegas is the launch and destination partner of World Pride, hoping to draw attention to its own gay friendly bars, hotels, and restaurants.
Pride London and global LGBT organization Kaleidoscope Trust will be honoring US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the World LGBT Award this July at a gala dinner to celebrate the event.