It seems like the Brits have set their minds on making history this week. In the aftermath of the historical Brexit referendum, when everybody wonders if the UK will withdraw form the European Championship, if they still can participate to the Eurovison Songcontext and if Brexit endagers the planned Spice Girl Reunion Tour, there is also news coming from the United Kingdom that is definitely positive with a capital P. The British Parliament has made a strong statement ahead of the London pride by flying the rainbow flag. Yes indeed, for the first time in history Big Ben can be seen with the rainbow flag proud next to it. David Geary, Head of Political Engagement for Pride in London said: “It was in the Houses of Parliament that homosexuality was decriminalised, equal consent laws were introduced, the bigoted Section 28 was repealed, where civil partnership and ultimately equal marriage were adopted. This powerful institution, right at the heart of British democracy has become a powerful tool for equality in recent times. The rainbow flag flying above serves as a testament to this legacy and a reflection of how far we have come as a community – with more LGBT+ politicians than any other country in the world.“
This years theme for the Pride in London festival is #NoFilter and the British Parliament kept with the theme. Yesterday the Parliament representatives took part in the Pride in London parade, marching alongside a double decker bus and asking crowds to take selfies with a ‘Get on board! #DoDemocracy’ placard in front of the bus. Not forgetting recent tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. ‘Remembering Orlando’ will be displayed where the stop names unusually appear, while ‘Love Wins’ will replace the destination sign at the front of the bus. This historical event comes right after Prince William invited members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace to hear their experiences of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying, and discuss the mental health implications it has. The Duke of Cambridge also posed for a photo shoot that placed him on the cover of British gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, marking the first time ever a member of the Royal Family has been photographed for the cover of a gay publication.
A lot has been said about the British over the past few days both before the historical EU referendum and after. But no matter what your thoughts are about them, one can’t ignore the fact they are excellent torchbearers when it comes to LGBT matters. Prince William showed it. The rainbow flag flying from the Houses Of Parliament proofs it. And for that we should say cheers Britain, thank you for leading the way. Bottoms up. –BM-
Cover photography by Manel Ortega, featuring Jonatan Argiz.
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