There was a moment of tension at Pride in London as a number of LGBT+ activists were temporarily stopped by stewards and police.
Queer campaigners from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, the Outside Project and African Rainbow Family were waiting to march at the end of Pride when they were stopped by officials, according to reports on the ground.
There is frustration that a bloc including queer activist group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM), the Outside Project and African Rainbow Family who were waiting to march at the end of Pride, were temporarily stopped by stewards and police.
“Pride in London is celebrating 50 years since Stonewall, yet we’re met with lines of police and ‘stewards’ when marching to fight for those in our community suffering the brunt of oppression,” Sam Bjorn, a spokesperson for Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants told the Guardian.
“We’re marching with LGBT+ people seeking asylum and homeless LGBT+ people.
“They should be celebrated, not the banks and security companies that are holding us down.”
The tension follows a wave of criticism from LGBT+ networks, accusing Pride in London of becoming increasingly “bureaucratic and regimented.”
“In the 1990s over 100,000 marched, and similar numbers would probably march today if the parade was not restricted, he said, adding, “Pride has become so bureaucratic and regimented.
“LGBT+ individuals cannot join the parade, only organisations.”