Pride in London is part of the LGBT Pride Month celebrations, and organisers are hoping this year will be the “UK’s biggest, most diverse Pride” ever.
The event offers a platform to members of the LGBTQIA+ communities to showcase their creativity and identity through a programme of theatre, art, dance and other cultural activities.
The parade will include over 300 decorated floats, bands and performers with over 1.5 million visitors expected to enjoy and take part in the festivities.
The procession tracks the route of the first Gay Pride Rally held in 1972, beginning at Hyde Park Corner and snaking through the city to Whitehall Place.
To mark Pride Month, which runs throughout June, we have picked out our favourite new publications that celebrate the power of the LGBTQIA+ community and culture.
Grandad's Pride is a gorgeous picture book and the highly-anticipated sequel to Grandad's Camper, written and illustrated by Harry Woodgate. Grandad's Camper was inspired by their university dissertation, which revealed a lack of representation for older LGBT characters in children's books, and is a beautifully told story of love, and the importance of adventures and memories.
Just Like Everyone Else is a coming-of-age story for tweens exploring identity, family and self-acceptance, from award-winning author Sarah Hagger-Holt and author of the moving, ground-breaking Nothing Ever Happens Here. Sarah is is the author of two adult non-fiction LGBTQ+ parenting books, Pride and Joy and Living It Out and felt compelled to write her debut children's book, Nothing Ever Happens Here, to contrast with the often negative, sensationalist media coverage of trans people's lives.
And for our YA readers, Gwen and Art are Not in Love is a hilarious romantic comedy from vlogger and podcaster Lex Croucher. A hilarious, angsty, romantic romp through medieval England that reads like Red, White & Royal Blue meets A Knight’s Tale. Fun, silly and joyful, brave, subversive and touching – this is escapist teen fiction at its most brilliant and accessible.
LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and is intended to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. It may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. To recognize this inclusion, a popular variant adds the letter Q for those who identify as queer or are questioning their sexual identity.
Those who add intersex people to LGBT groups use an extended initialism LGBTI. Some people combine the two acronyms and use the term LGBTIQ. Others use LGBT+ to encompass a spectrum of gender and sexuality.
We take you on a journey here from picture books that reflect LGBTQIA+ family life to YA novels and non-fiction titles that explore sexuality, gender issues and romance.
And a few useful resources....
Pride in London is taking place on Saturday 1 July including a parade which starts at Hyde Park Corner and stage areas in several places in London with performers, speakers and food & drink stalls.
Find out more about the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the history of the Pride movement and gay people's rights at www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
The Proud Trust charity has resources and help for LGBT+ young people.
Stonewall has help and advice to help make your schools and colleges more LGBTQ+ inclusive.
This Pride Month and every month we read and recommend books that celebrate our differences and this collection is constantly updated with our favourite reads.