Pride: 50 years

Published: 1st July 2022

50th anniversary of the first UK Pride March

1 July is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in the UK, in 1972. Pride was chosen to be the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Starting life as a small event, Pride is now an annual part of the London calendar and there are similar marches all across the UK and around the world.

It is no longer just a minority group demonstrating the right to equality: Pride is now a celebration of diversity and sexual openness, even when discrimination still exists. Having rights in law doesn’t prevent prejudice from building as we have seen in recent news events, thus Pride is just as important now as it was 50 years ago. Here at the HA we are excited to say Happy Birthday Pride and if you don’t understand why it is so important or you just want to know more here are some of our resources that explain the long history for the right to civil equality for all.

Primary resources 

Secondary resources