Gay Pride March, London (2)

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor what response he has to the claim made by the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, who has marched in every parade since 1972, that Pride had 'morphed into a commercialised, bureaucratic and rule-bound event", strangled by the demands of City Hall.'


Answer for Gay Pride March, London (2)

Answer for Gay Pride March, London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Peter Tatchell's assertions about the event are untrue and his knowledge of how major event operations work are uninformed.

The Pride of 1972 is very different to the Pride that takes place in our city today. Those early Pride marches were heavily policed as a protest and rally. Today Pride is an event where stewards do the marshalling and the police parade.

1 million people attended Pride this year and it costs a considerable amount of money to ensure a free event of this scale is delivered safely. Pride continues to go from strength to strength in size and quality.

I look forward to welcoming even more people to next year's Pride.