A scaled down version of London's Gay Pride took place today, and despite the cutbacks, it went off without a hitch. There had been fears the event would be cancelled due to funding problems.
Despite fears that Pride London, which also incorporates World Pride 2012, would be cancelled due to funding problems, it has been a huge success.
Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who helped organise the first Gay Pride in Britain in 1972, said that despite the problems and setbacks, the numbers at today's events were huge and the atmosphere amazing.
– Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
It's much more political than in previous years. The global human rights message is really strong for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender freedom.
Nearly 80 countries still criminalise homosexuality with the penalties ranging from life imprisonment and even execution.
We are also celebrating 40 years of Gay Pride in Britain. In those last four decades we have won the appeal of nearly every anti-gay law. All that remains is to win same sex marriage."
Prime Minister David Cameron has also added his support for the event.
– Prime Minister David Cameron
The UK has been judged to be the best country in Europe in which to live if you're gay so it is great that World Pride is being celebrated here in London - especially during this Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.
I'm very pleased that the Mayor of London has enabled the march and events in Trafalgar Square to go ahead and I want to thank all the volunteers who will be stewarding the event and contributing to it.
It is 40 years since people first marched in London calling for equal rights. Since then we've come a very long way and progress is still being made."
A scaled back version of Gay Pride is underway in Westminster.There had been fears that Pride London, which also incorporates World Pride 2012, would be cancelled due to funding problems.
I'ts kicked off without a hitch, with a walking procession from Baker Street to Whitehall. But there will be no floats or other vehicles involved.
This will be followed celebrations in Trafalgar Square until 6pm.
Soho is expected to be busy throughout the day.
London's gay world pride is taking place today - but it will be a scaled down version due to lack of funds.
Organisers say 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the procession in central London.
There will be a party in Trafalgar Square including a set from Boy George and R&B singer Deborah Cox.
However, because of a funding shortage, the event will not include floats or a street party in Soho.