UKIP members will wear these t-shirts at Pride in London despite ban

PinkNews logo on pink background with rainbow corners.

Marchers plan to wear UKIP t-shirts at the Pride in London parade on Saturday – despite being banned from marching as a group.
UKIP members will wear these t-shirts at Pride in London despite ban

Organisers of Pride in London originally approved plans for UKIP LGBT+ to take part in the parade on Saturday 27 June,claiming it would not “discriminate”against them.

However, following a backlash from campaigners including Peter Tatchell, the board reversed its decision, citing “safety” concerns if the group were allowed to march.

A bulletin went out to all UKIP members last week urging them to join the LGBT group on Saturday 27 June at Pride in London – and the party has since shared pictures of the t-shirts it will distribute.

They feature the slogans “UKIP 2£15” and  “Proud to be gay, freedom to vote UKIP”.

Pride in London did not return a request for comment when PinkNews asked how it would respond if a UKIP group attempts to march.

The party previously accused Pride organisers of using “safety” as “an excuse to keep LGBT* in UKIP out of the parade.”

It said: “Despite this ban, LGBT* in UKIP do plan to show a presence, supporting LGBT rights, inclusion and equality, not to mention our right to be there. It is important that we get as many LGBT people from UKIP to attend, as there will be media interest in us.”