Amnesty UK LGBTI at Pride London Saturday 28th June
Amnesty UK LGBTI will be at Pride London 2014 on Saturday 28th June.
We will be using the theme "Marching for those who can't" to highlight the fact that in many countries people can't take part in pride marches and face wider discrimination for being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI). We will have our usual "Love is a Human Right" placards, as well as new ones saying "Marching for those who can't" and others with the names of states that are actively anti-LGBTI.
We have a large number of face masks in either yellow, pink or green and we really want to have half the participants wearing these masks and carrying the "Marching for those who can't" placards. We're also hoping to have some yellow, pink and green feather boas, so it should look really good!
Of course, we've got all the usual stickers and T-shirts, so come ready to put one on and to hand out stickers as we march.
Everyone is in the walking party. The float will have inflatable rainbows and a globe on it, as well as the important sound system.
This year we are also focussing on the case of Ihar Tsikhanyuk, an activist from Belarus. He tried to register a LGBTI NGO and was then questioned by police, punched and verbally abused for being gay. We have two large pictures of Ihar to put on the sides of the floats and action cards, which we hope you will all sign before we start the march.
Ihar has been told about this and is now hopefully following our Amnesty UK LGBTI Facebook page, so he will be able to see any photos of the day we post up there.
Pride London has specifically told us that we cannot meet or gather at the float, instead they have asked that we enter the assembly area as large groups. We will have people ready to meet and take people through to the event at 11:00, 11:30 and 12:00. Please meet outside the Pizza Express on Baker Street, just south of Marylebone Road, West side. Look out for someone in a "Love is a Human Right" T-shirt and placard.
If you have any problems finding us, we do have a number for the day which is 07972 252507. Note this will only be being used on that day!
We should be finished by 16:30.
What to bring
Please wear sensible closed shoes. We don't know if it will be wet or not but we don't want anyone slipping over or tripping over their flipflops!
We will have some suncream and water on the float, but please bring your own as well.
If you already have a "Love is Human Right" T-shirt please wear it, if you have some rolls of "Love is a Human Right" stickers at home please bring them along too. And of course, please bring your friends as well.
Hope to see you there!