'I am gay, I am out, I am proud' - the slogan hit the streets of London again at the annual LGBT - lesbian gay bisexual transsexual - parade this summer! There were a lot of tourists, some who were there by chance, some who came especially to this festivity.
The participants of the parade came usually with a group of friends, some with their second half, some came chained up, some came by themselves in order to find their soulmate! But everybody who came to see the show, saw the show as you can see for yourselves in the gallery.
The costumes of the sexual minorities were varied: extraordinarily beautiful, exotic, weird, funny. Everybody added a touch of their imagination, extravaganza and of course humour when there were choosing their outfits!
The parade is an important part of English cultural calendar. First of all it is part of the heritage and it marks the fight of these minorities for their acceptance in the society for who they are, the fight for their rights, the fight against prejudice and discrimination.
The parade is organized in a very light humoured way with big processions of people dressed in costumes, music buses and dancing. Secondly, it is a reminder to us that there is still discrimination and prejudice, and the battle isn't over yet! Even the slogan underlines this concept as if people are hiding it and finally have an opportunity to say the word aloud.
The festival has an amazing atmosphere and is a lot of fun. I hope in the future it will only be happening for reasons such as to have fun, to dress up, to enjoy oneself, for there is no reason why we need to be prejudiced against anybody. Everybody is queer in his own way and we need to respect everybody for who they are and not for who they are not. On the brighter note - enjoy the pictures I took, and I hope you make to the LGBT parade next year!