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Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.For more stories like this, check our news page. This year marks 50 years of Pride, so it seems only fitting that Metro.co.uk goes above and beyond in our ongoing LGBTQ+ support, through a wealth of content that not only celebrates all things Pride, but also share stories, take time to reflect and raises awareness for the community this Pride Month.And we’ve got some great names on board to help us, too.
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Uniformed police told they’re ‘not welcome’ at London Pride
London parade, organisers have said.The move comes after LGBTQ+ campaigners called for them to be barred due to Scotland Yard’s ‘homophobic’ handling of the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has said the investigation, which the independent police watchdog is investigating, showed ‘institutional homophobia is alive and kicking in the Metropolitan police’.Speaking to The Guardian, he said the case, as well as other recent revelations of homophobia, racism and misogyny within the force, meant Pride in London needed to take a stand on police officers’ participation in the event.‘While there are many good officers, and they are welcome to march in civilian clothes, Pride needs to challenge the police as an institution, otherwise they will never reform,’ Peter said.In a statement to the newspaper, Pride in London said: ‘We work hard to strike a balance between the very real and legitimate concerns from members of our community, and being as welcoming as we can.‘We agree that the police uniform undermines that balance, and as such we are aligned that it should not feature in our parade.’The move does not prevent individual officers from marching out of uniform.The Gay Liberation Front, which organised the first Pride march in 1972, has also signed an open letter calling for an end to not only police taking part in the parade but also patrolling the event.The letter, organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, states: ‘Due to our deep-rooted concerns with policing – and the history of Pride itself as resistance against police violence – it is time to end the practice of police participation in Pride each year.‘It is time to end the presence of police banners.‘The
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Powerful act of defiance as thousands join LGBT march after attack in Oslo
two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar.The demonstrators defied requests from Norwegian police to cancel the event amid fears for a reprise attack.They held up signs saying ‘you can’t cancel us’ and ‘sexual freedom’ to remind the capital city that Pride is not a party but a protest.More than 20 people were wounded in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district, in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’.Witnesses said the attacker took out a gun from his bag and started firing at three venues.‘First I thought it was an air gun,’ journalist Olav Roenneberg said.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.’Zaniar Matapour was arrested minutes after the shooting and held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism.The 43-year-old Norwegian citizen, who is originally from Iran, has not offered any explanation to detectives. Prosecutor Ingvild Myrold said they had ‘many hypotheses’ regarding a motive although police have unsuccessfully tried to question the suspect for three days.‘We take a closer look at his mental health, his political motives and background and possibly who else he may have had contact with before this happened,’ she told the Associated Press.
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here Do you have a story to share?Get in touch by emailing MetroLifestyleTeam@Metro.co.uk. MORE : Anna Richardson: ‘I’ve had my heart broken and my dreams shattered – but I won’t give up on hope or Pride’ MORE : Going to Pride? Here’s how to do two glorious rainbow beauty looks MORE : ‘I’d like to thank those who paved the way for people like me’: Everyday LGBTQ+ healthcare heroes reflect on 50 years of Pride and share their hopes for the future This year marks 50 years of Pride, so it seems only fitting that Metro.co.uk goes above and beyond in our ongoing LGBTQ+ support, through a wealth of content that not only celebrates all things Pride, but also share stories, take time to reflect and raises awareness for the community this Pride Month.MORE: Find all of Metro.co.uk's Pride coverage right hereAnd we’ve got some great names on board to help us, too. From a list of famous guest editors taking over the site for a week that includes Rob Rinder, Nicola Adams, Peter Tatchell, Kimberly Hart-Simpson, John Whaite, Anna Richardson and Dr Ranj, we’ll also have the likes Sir Ian McKellen and Drag Race stars The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Tia Kofi offering their insights. During Pride Month, which runs from 1 - 30 June, Metro.co.uk will also be supporting Kyiv Pride, a Ukrainian charity forced to work harder than ever to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community during times of conflict.
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Veterans from UK’s first Pride to mark 50th anniversary of ‘revolutionary’ event
London for the UK’s first-ever Pride march.The group marched from Trafalgar Square to Hyde park carrying placards, banners and chanting slogans.There was a heavy police presence and a not wholly welcoming reaction from the public but the march, organised by the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), was Britain’s first Pride and in the words of one attendee ‘signalled a real change in British society’.On July 1, 2022, veterans of the first Pride march will retrace the route of the original protest to mark the event’s 50th anniversary.Among them will be today’s guest editor Peter Tatchell, who was one of around 30 GLF members who helped organise the inaugural march.‘We came up with the idea of gay pride because mainstream straight society said we should be ashamed of who we were,’ Peter told Metro.co.uk.Homosexuality between men was partially decriminalised in 1967, but it did little to reduce discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.‘Gay bashing and violence was rife, including murders,’ Peter added.‘Most LGBT+ people dared not come out and show their faces in public.‘They feared arrest, rejection by their friends and families and being sacked from their jobs.‘Organising the first gay Pride was a huge gamble, we had no idea if anybody would turn up.’Two weeks before the march Peter and other members of the GLF went to Earls Court to spread the word about the march.‘We received a mostly negative reaction from gay men at The Bolton and Coleherne pubs,’ he said.‘Bar staff and customers forced us out of the Coleherne and some gay customers threw bottles and coins at us.‘They said things like you “Shouldn’t draw attention to us”, “Don’t make a fuss.
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First openly gay Qatari with global profile counters death threats with visibility
World Cup year finally kicks off, even though he will never return to his homeland.As the wealthy Gulf state’s first openly gay man with a global profile his messaging will be far removed from the fanfare likely to sweep the eight stadiums in six months’ time.Dr Nas believes the 32 nations heading to a tournament regarded as the crown jewels of the sporting world will be playing ‘in a house of abused children’ in terms of his homeland’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people.He went public at the end of May, which resulted in death threats and abusive comments on social media, as well as many supportive messages from Qataris, albeit in private.Now working and living in the US, the physician plans to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ Qataris before and during the FIFA World Cup 2022, which kicks off at the 60,000-capacity Al-Bayt stadium on November 21.His decision to step out of the shadows has come at great personal cost. The 35-year-old accepts he will never return to the land of his birth and is now estranged from his family, with the abusive messages coming after his story was covered by an Arabic-language TV channel.Even in the US, where he runs Osra Medical practice in San Francisco, he believes that ‘the threat of death is not zero’ after the news was ill-received by some in the conservative emirate.‘There was a wave of hate messages,’ Dr Nas says.‘I had at least two death threats on my Instagram, several more on my DMs and everything else short of that.
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