London Pride, the UK’s biggest LGBT+ pride festival, has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event was to be held on June 27th.
Pride in London told the BBC that it is “hopeful” that a celebration could be held by the end of the year.
Co-chairs of Pride in London Alison Camps and Michael Salter-Church said that this “tough decision” had to be made, following the advice from Public Health England and the government.
“With the climate changing daily, we need to think even further ahead and make timely decisions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, volunteers and participants,” they said.
As of today, 24 March 2020, more than 100 Pride events have been either postponed or canceled, including Pride Edinburgh, LA Pride and Tokyo Pride.
Kristine Garina, president of the European Pride Organisers Association, commented that it is “heartbreaking” that so many people around the globe will not be able to celebrate this year.
“Every Pride organiser in the world has a story of someone whose life was changed by coming to a Pride,” she said.
“We will work together, and do all we can, to help Pride organisers get through this.”
Conversations about new dates for the Pride in London are underway, with the Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council, Metropolitan Police, Transport for London and London Fire Brigade all involved in talks.
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