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‘Deeply shameful’ politicians accused of endangering LGBT+ people to score political points

Politicians were accused of “deeply shameful” “scoring” over LGBT+ issues as London’s Pride parade took over the center of the capital today.

1.5 million LGBT+ people and supporters were expected to take to the streets for the annual parade, with community groups, sports clubs, artists and businesses taking part.

Ginger Johnson, the latest winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, appeared on one and spoke to Sky News before taking to the stage.

“It’s deeply shameful that politicians think they can use LGBT+ issues to score points against each other,” says Ginger.

“It’s easy for them to upset people with conversations like that (about allowing transgender people into single-sex bathrooms),” she said.

“I don’t think they understand the danger that puts the trans community in particular.”

Dr Who star David Tennant was branded “the problem” by Rishi Sunak this week after he told Minister for Women and Equalities Kemi Badenoch to “shut up” over her views on transgender rights.

“It’s really really sad,” said Kelly Panayi, who watched the parade with his wife.

“Who cares what people are, what they want to do? As long as they don’t hurt each other, why does it matter?”

With clothes as far as the eye could see, many took the opportunity to celebrate the LGBT+ community together.

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“When I was younger, I was a bit scared to be gay in public,” says Graham Kenny from Dublin.

“Pride is a chance to express yourself and feel safe doing it because everyone is here.”

It has been 52 years since London’s annual Pride parade began, which started three years after the Stonewall riots.

These riots were sparked by LGBT+ people being dragged out of the Stonewall Inn by New York City police, which started the gay rights movement.

Ruby Andrews was visiting the UK from the US and came to watch the parade. “It’s just amazing to see how you all celebrate Pride, the number of people, we don’t see this number (in the US).”

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