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London Pride has been taking place since 1972, and takes place every year on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 1969. It is the only annual event to close down Oxford Street in London every year and is the biggest Pride event in the country.
Starting with just 2,000 participants the number of people taking part quickly swelled to the many thousands we see today when section 28 become law in the 1980s.
There have been controversies over the years with some people complaining about the increasingly corporate nature of the event, and controversies include upset about the recent poster campaign.
This year’s event is expected to be the biggest and best yet however, with many new events taking place over the weekend.
Alison Camps, co-chair of Pride in London, said: “This is the biggest campaign that we at Pride in London have ever undertaken. At a time when anti-LGBT+ hate crime continues to rise in London, it’s vital that we highlight this problem and encourage all those affected to report it to the Met police. But, crucially, this campaign also allows us to look forward with hope, telling the incredible stories of love that make London the thriving and welcoming city we all know.
The ‘Love Happens Here’ campaign has led to an LGBT map being drawn of London, containing stories from member of the LGBT+ community.