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.

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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.