‘Have an enjoyable, memorable, and safe Pride’, says City of London Corporation Policy Chairman

Pride month
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The City of London Corporation Policy Chairman, Chris Hayward, has wished “everyone – whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or a much-valued ally – will have an enjoyable, memorable, and safe Pride.”

He added, “The Progress flag flying high above Guildhall Yard has now become a familiar and popular sight every year, and I am very pleased to see such a wide range of events and activities being held this year, both, at Guildhall and across London.”

To celebrate Pride, The City of London Corporation has released a wide range of events across the Square Mile, including a celebration at their Guildhall headquarters in partnership with Link, the LGBTQ+ Insurance Network.

The event, which was held on the 20 June, was attended by hundreds of representatives of City organisations and the LGBTQ+ community, and included music and live performances.

Other events and activities in the Square Mile include:

  • 27 June: Lunchtime Queer History walking tour of Culture Mile from Culture Mile BID.
  • 27 JuneDrag Bingo at Proud Cabaret City. Mace Foundation are hosting an evening of drag bingo with prizes, party anthems, dance-offs, team games, and lots more.
  • 3 – 7 July: Classical Pride. ‘Classical Pride’ returns to the Barbican in an expanded five-day festival showcasing the breadth and diversity of LGBTQ+ artists across classical music. Nick Grimshaw hosts the finale concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Oliver Zeffman

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion Sub-Committee, Andrien Meyers, said, “It is our pleasure to be part of Pride and help champion diversity, equality, and inclusion, while also being aware that much work needs to be done to tackle prejudice and hate which, of course, underlines why Pride is necessary and as relevant as it ever was.”

Pride marks its roots in protest against prejudice and celebrates the presence, diversity, and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer/ questioning people in society.

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