Eleven of the last surviving activists from the London Gay Liberation Front, 1970-74, some in their 70s and 80s, marched in London on Saturday 27 June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of GLF and to reclaim Pride with political demands.
This year’s Pride in London parade was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the GLF veterans, coordinated by Peter Tatchell, marched anyway on the same day, along the same route, that the official Pride parade was due to follow.
The GLF was formed in 1970 and ignited the modern LGBT+ protest movement in the UK.
The veterans and 15 supporters wore face masks and ensured social distancing. They began outside the BBC and followed the planned official Pride route down Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Haymarket to Trafalgar Square, where there were speeches from GLF veterans.