Campaigners march in London as main Pride celebrations move online

People take part at a Black Trans Lives Matter march from Hyde Park, London, on the day Pride in London was due to take place, following a raft of Black Lives Matter protests across the UK.
People take part at a Black Trans Lives Matter march from Hyde Park Credit: PA

Pride celebrations were moved online during the coronavirus pandemic, while smaller crowds than usual took to the streets of London.

One of the largest Pride events is usually in the capital, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year, but the 2020 event due to take place on Saturday was postponed due to Covid-19.

Despite the main event no longer taking place, demonstrators held a Black Trans Lives Matter march to remember and celebrate black transgender people.

Black Trans Lives Matter march in London Credit: PA

A crowd gathered at Hyde Park Corner before a march, with many wearing face coverings and carrying placards displaying messages such as “Silence is violence”, “Protect trans youth” and “No justice, no peace”.

Some of the demonstrators also carried fresh flowers, while banners said “Fight police brutality, fight racism! Fight imperialism!” and “Black trans lives matter”.

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell and former Gay Liberation Front members also marched in central London.

The activists, some of whom are in their 70s and 80s, marched the route usually taken by the Pride In London parade calling for political action including the end of deportations for LGBT asylum seekers.

He said that due to Covid-19 and underlying health conditions that just around a dozen GLF veterans joined the march.

Many members of the LGBT community have opted to hold online celebrations throughout Pride month.

One such event was a 24-hour live stream celebration, Global Pride, which took place on Saturday from 6am.

Online events will continue after Saturday, with charities including Amnesty International and Stonewall starting a week of celebration on Sunday.

The Pride Inside events will include LGBT performers and speakers and will last until July 5.