A group of protesters opposed to
transgender rights disrupted Saturday's the Pride in London parade.
The small group lied down on the ground
at the front of the march while carrying signs which read
“transactivism erases lesbians” and “lesbian not queer,”
forcing organizers to allow them to lead the parade.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was supposed to
lead the parade but was stuck behind the protesters for much of the
In a statement issued to PinkNews,
Khan condemned the protesters.
“Pride is about celebrating
difference and London's amazing LGBT+ community,” the mayor's
“It’s about showing those round the
world that in our great city you can be free to be whoever you want
to be and love whoever you want to love. The vast majority of those
present at today’s march respected and embraced that and the Mayor
condemns the tiny minority who did not.”
“Transphobia is never acceptable,”
the statement added.
Jennie Rigg, chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems,
told the Independent
that she was “appalled” that the protesters were allowed to lead
“This is a betrayal of the thousands
marching,” Rigg said. “The Pride organizers should resign and
offer a full apology.”
Organizers said that “hot weather”
and safety concerns were behind their decision to allow the
protesters to lead the parade.
According to the BBC, more than 1
million people watched the parade, with nearly 500 organizations
Alexander reminds London Pride revelers that Pride began as a