The rainbow Pride flag will be flown over several iconic City landmarks to celebrate the City of London Corporation’s support for the LGBT+ community.
The instantly recognisable flag, which was created 40 years ago, will fly over Tower Bridge, the Barbican, Central Criminal Court, Mansion House and Guildhall from 1-7 July.
In a ceremony on 1 July, Lord Mayor Peter Estlin, alongside the City Corporation’s staff network City Pride and their partnered charity Just Like Us, will welcome guests to Guildhall Yard, before the flag is raised over the City Corporation’s historic headquarters.
Staff and elected Members from the Square Mile’s governing body will join the Pride in London parade for the second time on 6 July as it continues a new tradition.
Representatives from the City of London Police and the City Corporation’s staff networks will also join the march to send a clear and very visible message of support for London and the UK’s LGBT+ communities.
Edward Lord, chair of the establishment committee, which leads on the City Corporation’s workforce and inclusion policies, said:“Flying the rainbow flag over iconic City landmarks reminds everyone of the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance in our society.
“As we take part in the pride parade for a second year running and start a new tradition, we celebrate the growing diversity in the Square Mile whilst also standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those working in our communities to tackle prejudice.
“The City of London Corporation is committed to serving and supporting London’s LGBT+ communities, and aspires to be a leader in diversity, equality and inclusion.”
Lord Mayor Peter Estlin, said:“Pride is a hugely important event globally and I am delighted that we will see the rainbow Pride flag flying over iconic City landmarks.
“Together we are celebrating Pride In London and supporting the on-going fight for equality and inclusivity in this country and overseas.”