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Pride: Free to be us

Join us and show your support for LGBTQ+ people in the UK and across the world

We take our name from the Stonewall Uprising, the protests in response to persistent police brutality on 28 June 1969 that gave way to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. A year later, on 28 June 1970, the first ever Pride event took place in New York City. And two years later the first ever Pride march took place in London.  

Pride is about communities coming together in celebration, protest, unity and solidarity.  

Because in every community in the UK, and around the world, LGBTQ+ people are still being abused, thrown out of their homes, and bullied in schools and workplaces. The institutions that should protect us – our governments, communities, faith institutions and families – too often stand silent, or actively harm us. 

And for some LGBTQ+ people, these harms are particularly acute. From racism to ableism, misogyny to classism, LGBTQ+ people of colour, LBTQ+ women, LGBTQ+ people who are disabled, those of us living in poverty, who are of faith, and many more of us, are held back and pushed aside as we make our way through life. 

Over Pride Season, we come together – in our communities, in our schools and workplaces, online and on the streets – to fight for the freedom, equity and potential of every LGBTQ+ person. We celebrate who we are, we celebrate progress, we fight for freedom and we stand in solidarity across our movement. 

We want to help you play your part in focusing on campaigning for the world that we imagine, where are all free to be. We will:

  • Celebrate community groups and activists from across the LGBTQ+ movement who are fighting for the freedom, equity and potential in their communities.
  • Support you to campaign to ban conversion therapy 
  • Give you the tools to support our movement in your communities, through fundraising, campaign actions and powerful merchandise.

Got questions?

If you have any queries, get in touch at pride@stonewall.org.uk.

Want to get involved? Read more about our #StayInForLGBT campaign and share your top tips for staying busy during lockdown.

For information about how we are handling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can read our update here. You can also find out about how LGBT-inclusive organisations can help, on our blog.