It's #PrideJubilee year: here's the history of Pride in London

This June and July, we'll be celebrating Pride in London across the neighbourhood with some very special events. Fifty years ago, on 28th June 1969, the Stonewall Uprising started a series of events which kicked off the modern Pride movement. 

To mark, its Jubilee year, here are some of London's most significant Pride moments.

27 November 1970
The first-ever gay rights rally takes place in Highbury Fields, London; it’s considered a watershed moment for LGBT rights. (In 2000, a plaque was unveiled to honour the march.)

1 July 1972
The first official UK Gay Pride Rally attracts 1,000 people marching from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square (the date was chosen to mark the anniversary of New York’s 1969 Stonewall riots which saw the LGBT community rise up against police raids in the city).  

The Pride march is moved to Huddersfield for one year only in support of the local Gemini Club.  

The procession is renamed Lesbian and Gay Pride.

The divisive Section 28 is introduced stopping teachers from “promoting” gay relationships in school. It leads to the formation of LGBT rights group, Stonewall. It is repealed in 2003.

Following a vote by members of the Pride Trust, the event is renamed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride and becomes the largest free music festival in Europe.

Pride in London is formed and a political rally takes place after each annual march.

In 2013, Parliament passes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act which introduces civil marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales. The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales take place in March 2014.

September 2016
Paddington Central unveils its tribute to local-born hero, Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern computing who broke the Enigma code in WWII and saved thousands of lives as a result. The public artwork entitled Message From The Unseen World, features holes and LEDs which reveal hidden words. (Turing was believed to have committed suicide after being charged with gross indecency in 1952; in 2013, he received a royal pardon.)

8 July 2017
Celebrating 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 26,000 people join the Pride parade through London with a theme of ‘Love Happens Here’.

June-July 2019
Broadgate will be hosting events to mark the Jubilee and celebrate 50 incredible years of Pride. 

Photos by Brendan Bell (Broadgate 2018)

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