A wild riot of color as hundreds rejoice London’s Homosexual Satisfaction Parade 2011. London 02.07.2011
This Saturday July 2nd 2011 noticed the explosion of color and fabulous carnival/cabaret fancy-dress which is the annual Homosexual Satisfaction parade passing by way of the packed London streets as many Lesbian, Homosexual, Bi-sexual and Transgender teams representing particular curiosity campaigning teams, commerce unions, the armed forces, police service, christian teams and a number of other of London’s homosexual bars and golf equipment celebrated their sexuality and variety, watched and cheered on by tens of hundreds of enthusiastic members of the general public.
The times celebrations had been purposefully snubbed by London mayor Boris Johnson a lot to the anger and irritation of many, since Mr. Johnson is anticipated to point out assist for all Londoners. Nevertheless, his biggest opponent within the upcoming mayoral elections, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was to be seen – as all the time – on the head of the parade, accompanied by human and homosexual rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Gone was the nervous rigidity of the unique trail-blazing Homosexual Satisfaction marches of the late 1970’s and early 80’s, as a brand new era of homosexual folks take pleasure in far higher public acceptance of their life-style in what really feel like extra enlightened occasions. What’s taken without any consideration now was fought for prior to now by brave activists and their political supporters who wished to see an finish to the homophobic bigotry and institutionalised discrimination which was the common public place in direction of them.
Having mentioned that, there was an illustration arrange on the backside of Waterloo Place by a gaggle of so-called Christians from the Baptist Church – a few of whom appeared like that they had been time-warped straight from the 1950’s, full with emotional constipation – who spent all the afternoon insulting and demeaning all homosexual folks and anybody who accepts homosexuality as part of the enormously vast spectrum of human sexuality by cherry-picking snippets from the Bible utterly with out correct context, and customarily exhibiting themselves as much as be nothing greater than a bunch of hate-filled bigots who hilariously declare to like the folks they had been standing there belittling.
My pictures of the Baptists and the gang’s reactions to being assaulted by the pious abuse are already uploaded in my set "Baptists preach intolerance at Gay Pride Parade".
After the parade made its means from Portland Place to Trafalgar Sq., the marchers and bystanders alike dispersed into Soho for some severe avenue partying which lasted late into the night time. There was a foremost stage in Trafalgar Sq. which hosted a protracted rosta of minor-league pop and dance acts in the course of the afternoon, although oddly this 12 months there have been no big-name headliners, and one other Dance Stage in Soho Sq. which featured a fantastic line-up of membership DJs.
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