Exclusive video: Sadiq Khan says London will honour “hard work” of LGBT+ activists

Could London be about to see a permanent LGBT+ history memorial introduced to the city? Quite possibly.

This past weekend at Pride in London, London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that he’d like to honour the “hard work” of LGBT+ activists.

“We’re looking at a whole host of things to make sure we celebrate and commemorate the hard work of the people who’s shoulders we stand on,” Sadiq told Gay Times exclusively before the parade began on Saturday afternoon.

The Mayor adding that the level of tolerance and acceptance here in London stretches beyond Pride and onto the streets each and every day – including firm support from local authorities.

“One of the key things I’m wanting to make sure is that we celebrate LGBT+ venues,” he began, “and also we make sure that if you’re from the LGBT+ community, you realise that the police are on your side so you can report hate crime.

“I want to make sure London is a beacon for the rest of the world.”

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Sadiq Khan later emphasising his and London’s message to the LGBT+ community around the globe – live your life exactly as you wish.

“My message is very simple. I want to send out a message to say to the rest of the world, love happens here,” he told Gay Times.

“Here in London, you’re free to be who you want to be. Here in London, you’re free to love who you want to love.

“London is open.”

Related: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan flies LGBT+ Pride flag to promote equality

Over a million people took the streets this past weekend to celebrate everything LGBT+.

The sun was shining bright on Pride in London as the parade marched through the centre of the capital to mark both the achievements the LGBT+ community have secured so far, and remind everyone of the continuing battle for equality.

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