A group of lesbians and queer women showing their support for transgender rights led the 2019 Pride in London march, one year after the same event was hijacked by anti-trans protesters.
The ‘L with the T’ group led the parade through London on Saturday (July 6), with a banner featuring an inclusive Pride flag and a transgender flag.
L with the T group lead Pride in London
Protesters carried signs that read “Stop consulting bigots on trans rights,” “support trans kids” and “protect trans lives.”
Groups of bisexual people and gay and queer men also showed their support for trans rights, under ‘B with the T’ and ‘G with the T’ banners.
— Amy Ashenden (@AmyAshenden) July 6, 2019
The sight is far removed from 2018’s parade, when a group of anti-transgender protesters forced their way to the head of the march.
— Guido García Lueches (@ElGuidoGarcia) July 6, 2019
The group had distributed anti-trans leaflets under the banner “Get the L Out,” claiming that transgender women are a threat to lesbians.
Pride in London later apologised for the failure to remove the anti-trans activists.
Pride in London ‘enhanced’ security after 2018 anti-trans hijack
Organisers took steps to prevent a repeat incident in 2019, implementing tough new security measures.
In the organisation’s impact report, Pride in London co-chair Alison Camps wrote: “We want to be clear that we do not support those who seek to divide our community; our aim is to create an event that celebrates and is respectful of difference.
“We are especially keen to support those members of our community, such as those who identify as trans, who face growing hostility from all sides, not least from an increasingly hostile media and social media.”
Anti-trans protesters at Pride in London 2018 (Nick Duffy)
Camps added: “In saying this, it is important for us to explicitly acknowledge and again apologise for the invasion of this year’s Pride in London Parade by anti-trans protesters.
“This was obviously incredibly upsetting for the trans community who were right to be angry at what happened.
“For our volunteers, it was also very difficult. We work hard to create a supportive and friendly environment and the events of this year were a dreadful blow in a year which otherwise marked progress and success on a range of fronts.
“We have learned lessons from what happened, and although there are unique challenges in running an event like ours in a public space, we will be implementing changes to our approach to security in 2019.”