Tens of thousands people lined the parade route, showing their support for the University by wanting their photo taken in the custom selfie boards and giving words and cheers of encouragement.
Mark Harrison, Head of Inclusion, who coordinated the University of London’s contingent said:
The enthusiasm and energy from the walkers on the day was fantastic and cheers from the crowd added to the electric atmosphere as well as wanting photos with our selfie-boards and with our balloon. It is so important for the University to be involved in the Pride in London parade - University is often the first place that young LGBT+ people are able to be themselves and we took part to demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and equality.
Chris Cobb, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Operations, who joined the parade contingent, said:
I’ve been to many Pride celebrations but this was the first in which I took part in the parade what a wonderful way to commemorate 50 years of Stonewall. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in feeling huge pride for how far the LGBQT community have come in 50 years but still huge concern for those LGBQT people who live in less liberal societies. I should also add the pride I felt for the University’s cross-federal participation in the parade. What a fabulous way to spend the day!
Post-Parade after party at Student Central
Student Central hosted their very first Post-Parade after party which was a fantastic evening of drag queens, camp tunes and rainbow balloons. The event was well supported from staff and students across a wide range of London universities, with the aim of bringing together our community in the spirit of inclusion, equality and celebrating diversity.
We are already looking forward to planning next year's party.