Lambeth marches together for London LGBTQ+ Pride

5 July 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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For the first time, Lambeth Council officially took part in the London Pide march to celebrate the LGBTQ+ population.

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Lambeth marches together for London LGBTQ+ Pride

On July 1, Lambeth staff, councillors and allies including Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council, marched from Hyde Park to Whitehall to celebrate Pride in the LGBTQ+ community.

They carried a banner celebrating Lambeth’s official recognition in the 2021 Census as the borough with London’s largest LGBTQ+ population. Many wore matching T-shirts so Lambeth residents could see themselves represented.

Word from the Leader

Cllr Holland said: “This weekend, for the first time, Lambeth, as a council, marched at Pride in London.

“Through LGBTQ+ History month earlier this year, we shared the rich history our borough has of being central in the advocacy and support of the LGBTQ+ community, so impactful that it sent ripples of change across the capital and the country.

“The 2021 Census data confirmed what we all knew – Lambeth is home to London’s largest LGBTQ+ community, and for Pride month, it was our pleasure to host many of those rooted in that community at our Town Hall for our inaugural Pride Reception.

Lambeth Council councillors & staff hold 'Officially home of the largest LGBTQ+ population in London' banner on Pride March, 1 July 2023

Officially London’s largest LGBTQ+ population – census 2021

“I am proud to have also been part of Lambeth marching as a council for the first time at Pride In London over the weekend. A big thank you to our LGBTQ+ staff forum for organising it, and putting our borough at the heart of the parade.

“Both these celebrations had many things in common, but the one that sticks out to me the most, is a shared feeling that this is just the start. We know Lambeth is the home of Pride, we have truly shown that, but next year we want to go bigger and better.

“This last month has put a prideful wind in the sails of this council and our borough, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us. We will continue to champion diversity, celebrate our differences, and in doing so, recognise that which is shared amongst all of us who call Lambeth our home: Pride.”

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Do it London – the Lambeth-led, London-wide campaign to bring down new HIV infections to zero by 2030 – also marched withOfficial Pride Marcher's lollipop signed by Lambeth's marchers partners and supporters.

As well as supporting the day’s theme of inclusion for the Trans community with Lambeth’s message ‘No LGB without T’, Lambeth’s walkers had fun interacting with the crowd with high fives, bubbles, chants and photos.

For most of the decade from the late 1980s to the late 1990s, Pride marches and celebrations had Lambeth destinations – Jubilee Gardens, Brockwell Park, Kennington Park and Clapham Common.

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