Pride in 2019

By on June 28, 2019

Join The Independent for a panel discussion and Q&A, with speakers including Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner, Angela Eagle, the Labour MP for Wallasey, Crispin Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate and trans activist Asifa Lahore, who was Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen.

When the first UK Gay Pride Rally took place in London on 1st July 1972, it attracted around two thousand people. 

In 2018, more than a million attended Pride in London to celebrate the LGBT+ community.

Around the world, LGBT+ equality appears to be in good health: Taiwan has taken great strides towards becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage, India has decriminalised homosexuality and same-sex marriage is now legal in twenty six countries.

However, reports of ‘gay purges’ continue to emerge from Chechnya and the United States Supreme Court recently upheld the Trump administration’s limit on transgender recruitment.

In Brazil, recently-elected right-wing President Bolsonaro said in 2011 that he is “homophobic with pride” and, since his election, Brazil’s first openly gay politician, Jean Wyllys, has fled the country following death threats. More recently, a “heinous” and “inhumane” new law means that LGBT+ people can now be stoned and whipped to death in Brunei.

As Pride in London marches towards it 37th incarnation, we ask: what is the role of Pride in 2019?

How can participating in Pride in the United Kingdom help others around the world whose struggle endures?

What can be done to effect actual change and empower the LGBT+ community around the world?

Join The Independent for a panel discussion and Q&A – Pride in 2019 at Century Club on Thursday 4 July 2019.

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