The City of London Corporation will join the annual Pride in London parade for the first time this year to show its support for the LGBT+ community. Around 50 elected Councillors and staff from the Square Mile’s governing body will take part in the march through central London on Saturday 7 July, along with students from the City of London’s schools and academies, and representatives from the City of London Police and the City Corporation’s staff networks. I am proud to join the march.

Last year I supported the initiative to fly the Pride flag at Guildhall and I was able to support a motion to make this an annual event. As I wrote a year ago “Symbols matter” and “Together we can change things for the better. Tradition and progress is what makes the City of London such a fantastic place”. We will be raising the Pride flag at 4.30pm 0n 2 July. Everyone is welcome to join in the Guildhall Yard.

This year City Pride, the City Corporation’s LGBT+ staff network, put forward the idea to take part in London Pride as well. An excellent idea – so together with other Councillors and the network we made sure this is happening.

Pride Flag flying above Guildhall in 2017

(Pride flag flying above Guildhall in 2017)

Tim Hailes, the current Sheriff of London, said:

“Pride is the name and proud is, undoubtedly, what we are to be taking part in this wonderful celebration of LGBT+ people, and what has been achieved, in particular, over the last 25 years.

“Society is more accepting, the LGBT+ community is more visible and vocal than ever, and championing diversity is now firmly on the agenda of City businesses, but it would be naïve to suggest that prejudice no longer exists.

“The City of London Corporation’s involvement in Pride is our way of celebrating the growing diversity in the Square Mile, while also standing shoulder-to-shoulder with those working in communities to promote acceptance and tackle homophobia.”

The Pride flag will fly over Guildhall; The Mansion House; Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey); and Tower Bridge from Monday 2 July to Sunday 8 July.

In addition, as part of its ‘Investing in Londoners’ programme, City Bridge Trust, the City Corporation’s charitable funder, has awarded 16 grants totalling £1.5m for work benefiting the LGBT+ community. Read more here about the City Bridge Trust.