London Police Involvement in 2018 London Pride Parade
In efforts to make the London Pride Parade more inclusive and to remove additional barriers for people participating, the London Police Service will participate out of uniform and without police vehicles this year.
“After several conversations and a community input session earlier this year, our members expressed concerns about the large presence of police in uniform participating in the annual London Pride Parade,” said Andrew Rosser, President of Pride London Festival.
“The London Police Service respects the request for our members to continue to participate in the London Pride Parade but not in uniform,” said Chief John Pare. “Many of our members love being part of the parade and I will encourage them to be there to support LGBT2Q+ communities on July 29th.”
The 24th Annual London Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, July 29th, 2018. For more information, visit: PrideLondon.ca
"We want to thank London Police Service for their continued support of Pride London Festival, and Chief Pare’s commitment to working on improving relationships with London’s LGBT2Q+ communities, through consultations with communities, along with training and education for officers and staff," said Rosser.
Pride London Festival contact:
President, Pride London Festivalandrew@pridelondon.ca
London Police Service contact:
Cst. Sandasha Bough
Media Relations Officer, London Policemediaofficer@londonpolice.ca
PRIDE LONDON FESTIVAL (July 19th – 29th, 2018)
Pride London Festival is a volunteer non-profit organization that works to organize an annual opportunity to bring together the LGBT2Q+ communities and our allies, through events and activities, which promote unity, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. The festival takes place each July and features a variety of events over 11 days, including an art show, comedy night, 3-day outdoor festival, awards night & annual London Pride Parade.
For more information, please visit: www.pridelondon.ca