London Celebrates 50 Years of Pride

Sep 20, 2022 | Videos

Dual London Celebrates 50 Years of Pride

This summer London celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the city’s first Pride. On July 1st, 1972, the LGBTQ+ community first took the famous city’s streets enmass. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the city each summer to embrace identity, diversity, freedom and love. The 50th celebration drew 1.5 million people, making it the largest Pride in British history. With a parade of over 30,000 people, five stages of over-the-top performances and a city full of events highlighting the achievements, talents and resilience of the queer community.

Haven Thorn, spokesperson for Pride in London said, “The LGBT+ community in the UK has come so far in the past 50 years, and this line up was a great way to collectively celebrate our journey and where we are today. We are so grateful to all of these artists, LGBT+ icons and allies who helped make July 2nd a momentous Pride to remember.”

Below we share some of our favorite memories.

Dual London Pride 2022

Gay gingers and Red Hot supporters celebrate redheads and LGBTQ+ pride.

Dual London Pride 2022

Nonprofit organization Youth Stop AIDS was represented.

Dual London Pride 2022

Gay gingers and Red Hot supporters celebrate redheads and LGBTQ+ pride. 

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Travel writer Barry Hoy and singer Teraj celebrate London Pride under a rainbow.

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Locals from London Borough of Camden show their Pride.

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Queer elders who marched in 1972 for London’s first Pride return to celebrate (and be honored) at the 50th anniversary — and to remind us that the fight isn’t over.

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Members of the Gay Bikers Motorcycle Club ride in London’s 50th Pride parade.

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Representatives of Euro Pride celebrate the 30th anniversary of the European Pride (held this September in Belgrade, Serbia)

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Dual London Pride 2022

Teraj (center) performs at London Pride (see more of his creative journey on Making It With Pride, Out Traveler’s new video series.)

Dual London Pride 2022

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