Firefighters and supporters to march in London LGBT Pride parade

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will take part in the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride parade will take place on Saturday 28 June.

The Trade Union Congress, which helps sponsor the event, estimates that 15,000 will take part in the event, and a large contingent of firefighters from London — alongside their families, friends and supporters — will be among them.

The event will start at 1pm on Baker Street, with the trade union section forming from the junction with Fitzhardinge Street northwards along the side of Portman Square, and end at The Mall.

FBU LGBT members will congregate afterwards around Soho Square.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Freedom to…’, which organisers say is “about making sure that everyone’s story is heard.”

Lucy Masoud, LGBT regional representative for the FBU, said: The fire service is still seen by some as slightly behind the times when it comes to LGBT issues, but thanks to the FBU and it members we are now are the forefront.

“We are constantly pushing London Fire Brigade to make progress with LGBT issues and have worked closely with the LFB to make sure our involvement in this year’s Pride event will be bigger and getter than ever before.

“All members — whether LGBT or not — will feel welcome and join us in expressing our pride in being to firefighters.”

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