London’s pride event has banned UKIP’s LGBT group from marching in the parade over “safety fears”
Pride London’s committee has rejected UKIP Pride’s application to march in the world famous parade.
The board of Pride London released a statement that said,
“For this year we have reached the decision that UKIP’s application to join the Pride in London Parade, 27th June 2015, will be turned down.
“This decision has been made after careful consultation in order to protect participants and ensure the event passes off safely and in the right spirit, it has not been made on a political basis.
“We appreciate many in our community have strongly held views about UKIP, their policies and comments, but is undeniable that there are LGBT+ members of UKIP, including their MEP for Scotland, and it is important to remember that Pride in London aims to be an inclusive event.
“However, of paramount concern to us is the experience of all participants at Pride, most especially the position we would be putting our volunteer stewards in.”
A petition for the ban of UKIP LGBT had reached just 2383 supporters.
UKIP LGBT decried the ban saying it was “a sad day for diversity and freedom.”