Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

FDM does London Pride

Paul Brown
10.07.2017 Published: 10.07.17, Modified: 10.07.2017 00:07:00

On Saturday the 8th July, heading into London feels very different. Is it the colour? The smiles? The appreciation for something celebrated across the world? Whatever the reason, everyone can feel it.

Over 26,000 people gathered on the streets of London to come together and celebrate Pride. This year, Pride signifies the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in the UK. Pride often means something different to everyone. To some, it’s a celebration to be yourself. Whether you identify as LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Plus; an umbrella term to represent minority gender identity and sexual orientations) or you support someone who identifies, it is a time to come together for all.  Organisers were proud that this year’s Pride was a celebration of both diversity as well as a public expression of solidarity.

Among them were some of our very own FDMers. We met close to the parade so that we could go together to watch the hundreds of wonderful people take the 1.4 mile walk through the streets of London. The colours of the parades and joy and freedom to be yourself was felt throughout the event. From young children through to the elderly, we all felt united and safe.

Many wore flags, unicorn horns, glitter and feathers and everyone appeared to wear a smile. The annual parade was the biggest so far with more floats than ever and over 300 groups marching, ranging from corporate organisations, charities, activists and public bodies.

London Pride 2017 was built on the theme of ‘London Happens Here’ highlighting the rejection of hate and the aim of standing together and showcasing a symbol of acceptance, support and friendship. Pride is the culmination of a movement that celebrates love in all its forms.

Diversity is part of our DNA here at FDM. We are proud to support our staff during Pride month and will be following more FDMers at various Pride events around the UK. If you are interested in connecting with others please contact Jo Southwell-Sander.

Updated 11 September, 2019