News   |    June 28th, 2022


This week commemorates 50 years since the first Pride Parade took place in the UK. This outdoor event celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and pride in sexual orientation and gender identity. Occurring across the country in multiple cities and towns, the Pride Parade typically aligns with the anniversary of the Stonewall riots from New York City in 1969. These riots were a series of spontaneous protests by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighbourhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots transpired to be pivotal in transforming the gay liberation movement going forward.

With the movement now recognised internationally, the Pride in London parade will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2022. Ultimately, this exceptional and empowering campaign aims to: call on the UK Govt to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act, provide equal protection for LGBT+ communities against hate crime, by making homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crimes and end its hostile environment toward minority migrants. The objective is to establish a national AIDS memorial that truly honours and remembers those who we have lost from the impact of HIV and Aids, as well as endeavouring to tackle the violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people around the globe.

With the recent news regarding Blackpool footballer Jake Daniels coming out as gay, the sporting community will be sure to support the Pride Parades up and down the country. England Netball have announced their participation in the London Pride, making a clear statement; “we want everyone to find a place to belong, flourish and soar. A place where you can retain your own personality, style and flair. A place where you are cherished and appreciated for simply being you.”

This campaign is another opportunity for all communities, not just the LGBTQ+ groups, to come together and support inclusion, freedom and diversity within society. The sporting stage provides no better platform to advocate this and bring a positive and all-encompassing message to the public. So whatever you may be up to this week, take some time to have a look out in your local area for a Pride Parade, and lets spread some positivity in our community.

(Image – Sky Sports News/PA handout)

Alfie Bobbins - Integral Sports Management

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