Members of the Out and Proud Diamond Group, an activism organization that supports African LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK, marched in London Pride on June 27, 2015. Participants held placards commemorating a range of African LGBTI activists and allies, and signs that also thanked the UK for protecting asylum seekers. The march ran from Baker Street to Trafalgar Square and wound along the edge of Soho, which represents the heart of London’s gay rights activism scene.
Just a few blocks into the march, the parade was briefly interrupted when the UK Independence Party’s LGBT group broke through the barricades on Oxford Street and attempted to join the Pride lineup, just in front of Out and Proud. LGBT* in UKIP, as the group is known, had been banned from the march by organizers several weeks before. Ironically, Out and Proud director Edwin Sesange had campaigned passionately for the right-wing group’s right to march. After a brief interaction with one of the event organizers, LGBT* in UKIP were reinserted into the parade further back in the lineup and allowed to complete the march, mostly without incident.