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Barking and Dagenham council joins Pride parade for first time

PUBLISHED: 11:38 07 July 2017

Barking and Dagenham Council is encouraging residents to celebrate Pride in London Picture: Matias Altbach

Barking and Dagenham Council is encouraging residents to celebrate Pride in London Picture: Matias Altbach

Matias Altbach

Fifty years on from the country's partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the council is calling on people to join Pride parades in central London.

Councillors and police will join Flipside, a youth support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at the 1.4-mile annual parade through London on Saturday, July 8.

Cabinet member for community leadership and engagement Councillor Saima Ashraf said the council’s debut at the march was the perfect way to show solidarity 50 years after the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was introduced.

“Pride in London is one of the biggest in Europe and this year’s theme, Love Happens Here, is the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate our differences,” she said. “We are one borough, one community, and we want to show everyone that Barking and Dagenham is proud of its LGBTQ+ community and is committed to improving access to support and services.”

To join them on the parade email erik.stein@lbbd.gov.uk and to learn more about Flipside email grace.kihu@lbbd.gov.uk

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