Pride was alive and well in London this past weekend.
On 8 July, London’s annual Pride parade took place, and thousands packed the city’s streets to take part in the event and show their support for those who identify as LGBTQ+. Overall, it was an amazing day, filled with love, excitement, acceptance, and tons of fun, with all those in attendance showing the UK (as well as the world) that Love Happens Here.
Many of our YouTube faves were in attendance at this year’s parade, showing everyone they’re proud to be who they are. They got up to many a shenanigan, so we thought we’d round-up the day’s events for you. Enjoy!
Well wishes were being shared
london is literally my city and i'm proud that today it's showing the world that love happens here #prideinlondon
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) July 8, 2017
I'm so excited for everyone going to #PrideInLondon today. This is such a beautiful chance to celebrate a community so full of love.
— Francesca Georgiou (@FrancescaLu_) July 8, 2017
Happy Pride, pals! Hope everyone celebrating themselves and each other has a day full of love and laughter. #PrideInLondon
— Daniel J. Layton (@DanielJLayton) July 8, 2017
Before the festival began, everyone was filled to the brim with excitement, and those who couldn’t make it to the parade, such as Daniel J. Layton, Dan Howell, and Francesca Georgiou, were sending out their well wishes to all those attending!
The day began a little awkwardly…
I’ve been awake for 10mins on #PrideInLondon day & already my neighbor just saw me fully naked we made eye contact and everything oops 👀🏳️🌈
— Doug 🐶 (@DougArmstrong) July 8, 2017
In case you weren’t aware, Doug Armstrong likes walking around his place naked.
Supporting family and friends
— Matt Amys (@mattamys) July 8, 2017
Matt Amys attended Pride to celebrate the two most important women in his life: his mums! Could he get any cuter?!?!
— Jazza John (@JazzaJohn) July 8, 2017
Is that a model we see, or is it Jazza John striking up a pose on the Barclays UK float?
The little merdog
Today I made friends with a B&W doggo called Tux, and his owners sang "Part of Your World" because I was wearing an Ariel tee #PrideInLondon
— Ellen Rose (@icklenellierose) July 8, 2017
Is it just us, or does it appear as if Ellen Rose had the best Pride of all?
— Jimmy (@hi_jimmy) July 9, 2017
— Mawaan Rizwan (@MawaanR) July 8, 2017
So much sparkle
— Chloe Dungate (@ScarfDemon) July 8, 2017
Glitter was everywhere on Saturday, and just as Chloe Dungate shows, it made everything sparklier!
Double the Pride
— Gary C (@oohgaryc) July 8, 2017
Love happens here
— Roxetera 🌈 (@RoxeteraRibbons) July 8, 2017
We were LOVING the Barclays UK float at Saturday’s parade, and it appears we weren’t the only ones. *cough* Rosie Spaughton *cough*
Give the rainbow, taste the rainbow
— dodie (@doddleoddle) July 8, 2017
— Melanie 💚 Murphy (@melaniietweets) July 8, 2017
Many YouTubers, such as Riyadh Khalaf and Melanie Murphy, celebrated Pride with Skittles, who gave up their rainbow for the celebration! The campaign was a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, allowing the rainbow (and light) to shine on them during Pride month. How awesome!
Remember to keep up the fight
— Roly 🦄 (@RolyUnGashaa) July 9, 2017
While a fun day was had by all, Roly West reminds us that there’s still a long way to go in terms of LGBTQ+ rights. There are still many throughout the world who can’t freely be who they are, or love who they love, so we need to keep fighting to ensure that they too can one day live the life they deserve.
We’d say a successful Pride was had by all.
It was so heartwarming to see everyone celebrating themselves and all those who identify as LGBTQ+. We’re glad everyone had a great time, and we look forward to the day where everyone around the world can celebrate their sexuality without fear of retaliation, just as those in London did.
Want to keep reading? It’s a good thing we’ve got you covered:
- LGBTQ+ on YouTube (Part 1): Does Being Gay Affect Your Content?
- LGBTQ+ on YouTube (Part 2): What is Queer-Baiting?
- LGBTQ+ on YouTube (Part 3): Why Are Some YouTubers Closeted?
- LGBTQ+ in Online Video Panel at VidCon Europe 2017
- LGBTQ+ Panel at Summer in the City 2016