Pride in London parade

The 2013 Pride in London parade and festival to will take place today. Organisers expect it to be the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in London over the last decade.

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Johnson 'delighted' to support Pride in London

London Mayor Boris Johnson has provided London LGBT and Community Pride with a grant worth up to £500,000 to stage this year's Pride in London and develop it over five years.

"As befits a city with a large LGBT population, London hosts one of the biggest events of the year and I am delighted to support the festivities, which attract people from across the UK and beyond."

London Mayor Boris Johnson

"As the parade shows, it is a diverse and multi-faceted community, which makes an enormous contribution to our city's success, socially, culturally and economically.

"We should be very proud of London's reputation as a place where LGBT people can be open about who they are," he added.

Leaders hail Pride in London parade

The leaders of the three main political parties have stressed the importance of equal marriage reforms, ahead of the 2013 Pride in London parade.

There will be girls and boys in school today who are worried about being bullied and concerned about what society thinks of them because they are gay or lesbian.

By making this change they will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else's love and that we believe in equality. I think this will enable them to stand that bit taller, be that bit more confident and I am proud of that.

– Prime minister David Cameron

Many straight people have argued for the reform [of equal marriage] with as much passion as gay people. Why? Because this isn't just about technical changes or legal definitions. It isn't just a 'gay issue'. It's about the kind of society we wish to be.

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Labour leader Ed Miliband warned there is "still more to be done" to change attitudes.

Too many young people still fear to come out at school due to bullying. In too many places in the world, it is still a crime to be gay.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband
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Thousands to rally in London in support of gay marriage

PRIDE: A gay rights march held in central London, pictured above, similar to the one being organised for today. Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Largecrowds are expected in central London today to support the cause of same-sexmarriage.

Organisersfrom the gay and lesbian community hope it will be the biggest same-sex rally everheld in the UK.

COLOURFUL: A gay pride march, similar to the one above, will be held in central London today. Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

9,000 people are expected to turn out.

150 gay and lesbian support groups from all over the UK will be parading through central London.

The parade route runs from Baker Street, along Oxford Street and Regent Street and ending at Trafalgar Square.

Cameron praises Pride in London parade

Equal marriage reforms will allow gay schoolchildren to "stand a little bit taller", David Cameron said as he heralded the 2013 Pride in London parade.

The Prime Minister told how he hopes youngsters would be able to see that Parliament "believes their love is the same as anyone else's love" as thousands of people prepare to descend on the capital today for the annual gathering.

Organisers expect the parade and festival to be the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in London over the last decade.

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