EDITED TO ADD:
This link https://twitter.com/daily_politics/status/615482050385047552 shows Michael Slater, Head of London LGBT Pride, speaking about how he managed to get UKIP into the Pride parade “Safely” It starts with him talking about how the Islamaphobic banner, seen at Pride is funny. Then he moves on to UKIP shortly after.
UKIP, a fascist political party has its own LGBT group. They applied and were accepted to march with the Pride parade in June. However, there was a bit of a backlash from LGBT PoC and others, who said a hate group had no place at Pride. Pride had accepted the inclusion of this group without telling anyone on their Advisory Board about it, including me as the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic member’s representative. I was so disgusted at this underhand tactic that I resigned my post. I wanted nothing to do with an even where UKIP would appear.
As a result of this, and heaps of bad publicity, London Pride issued a statement saying that UKIP’s LGBT group would no longer march in the parade, due to “safety concerns”
All of this came to nothing when UKIP’s LGBT group crashed the parade, pushing their way past the Lesbian and Gay Immigration group. For more info on this see: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ukip-sneaks-march-pride-london270615
I would never have attended Pride if I had known a hate group would be in the march, that wants to see people like me dead. I feel as if London LGBT Pride has once again, screwed over People of Colour, in allowing this entire debacle to happen. There were hundreds of stewards and police along the parade route; why did they do nothing when this incident occured?
Because they don’t care about us.
At the start of the parade, a man protested over Barclay’s Bank being present (and at the front). He was wrestled to the ground by a Pride steward, and then arrested by the police. The same people did nothing when UKIP barged in. That group hadn’t paid a marching fee, and they hadn’t signed the code of conduct agreement. Many small charities had to pay to be part of the parade, but UKIP got in for free by shoving black people out of the way.
I am incredibly upset about this. So I’m going to cheer myself up by looking at Part One of this, over on the Bi’s of Colour site: http://bisofcolour.tumblr.com/post/122742976253/london-lgbt-pride-part-one-nice-bits-i-attended