Boris Johnson welcomes London's Pride celebrations

26 June 2015

Large crowds are anticipated for this year's Pride celebrations, which take place tomorrow (Saturday 27 June) and the Mayor of London has a message for everyone taking part in one of the city's largest public events of the year. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘I am delighted to support London’s Pride celebrations, which underline the capital’s reputation as one of the most LGBT friendly cities on the planet. “London is home to one of the biggest, most visible and most diverse LGBT populations in the world. It's a community that contributes a huge amount to our city's success – socially, culturally and economically. ‘I welcome the progress that has been made towards greater equality, which is down to the many individuals who have been prepared to make a stand for what is right and fair. ‘London’s annual Pride celebrations are the envy of the world and, to the thousands hitting the capital’s streets for this year’s extravaganza, I hope you have a fantastic Pride.’ The Pride flag is being raised at City Hall to mark this year's celebrations. To see the Mayor’s message for London's Pride celebrations, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eiZlMowDH8. ENDS Notes to editors:

The Mayor is a big supporter of LGBT equality and of Pride, committing £650,000 worth of support over five years in 2013 to ensure the future of one of the most important events in London's cultural calendar.

This year the new Deputy Mayor Roger Evans will be representing the Mayor at Pride, including walking in the parade and addressing the crowd in Trafalgar Square.

For more information about Pride in London go to http://prideinlondon.org.