- The UK capital’s Pride follows events like Los Angeles and Tokyo Prides to respond to COVID-19.
Pride in London, the UK’s biggest LGBT+ Pride event, has announced it is postponing its 2020 event.
The march, rally and official street parties were all due to take place on Saturday 27 June this year. Moreover, Pride bosses are also postponing the festival in the run up to the main day.
But the organizers have listened to the latest coronavirus advice from Public Health England and the UK government. As a result, they felt they could no longer go ahead.
Pride in London has issued a statement in the last few minutes.
In it, it says it will ‘always uphold its commitment to creating a safe environment’ for all events.
Pride co-chairs Alison Camps and Michael Salter-Church said:
‘It’s been a tough decision to postpone the Pride in London Parade and events. But the health and safety of our communities is our top priority.
‘With the climate changing daily, we need to think even further ahead and make timely decisions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, volunteers and participants.
‘We’ve been working closely with the Greater London Authority and have their support in taking this decision.
‘We’re also currently working with key partners including Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police Service, TfL and London Fire Brigade to look at the possibility of another date.
‘We’d like to thank our partners and agencies, as well as our volunteers and the public for their patience and ongoing support during this time.
‘The safety of all of our volunteers is our top priority and so we’re also changing our operations internally, with all meetings now taking place virtually.
‘Additionally, we will be postponing the Pride Festival, Pride’s Got Talent, Pride in the City, Pride Boxing, the Pride 10K and all other upcoming events. We understand how important these events are to you all, so will of course be announcing future plans for each in due course.
‘We fully appreciate the pressures and effects that the current situation is having on all of our communities.
‘Allyship is needed more than ever, so we ask everyone to continue to be kind, loving and generous. Our priority now will be to look closely at how we can support and bring communities together over the coming months.
‘We thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times and will continue to update you moving forwards.’
‘A key time of celebration and solidarity’
Meanwhile, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he hopes Pride can reschedule soon.
He said: ‘The Pride in London parade and events are a key time of celebration and solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community, so it is a real shame that this year’s events have had to be postponed.
‘However, it’s vitally important that we all listen to the latest scientific advice to protect the health of one another, and the organisers are taking the right precautions.
‘We all hope that Pride In London will be able to back on our capital’s streets as soon as possible.’
Over 120 Prides worldwide have now postponed or cancelled their 2020 events. High-profile losses include Tokyo Rainbow Pride in Japan which has cancelled. Meanwhile Los Angeles and Miami Beach Prides in the US have postponed.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Pride events in Durham, Coventry and Oxford have postponed and Edinburgh Pride has cancelled.