London veterans go back 50 years to before Pride was ‘just a big party’
Campaigners remember the ‘empowering’ event that astonished and bewildered the public back in 1972
Fifty years ago, a group of LGBT+ campaigners marched from London’s Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park to protest against discrimination and fight for acceptance in the city’s first Pride rally.
Among them on the march on July 1 1972, organised by activist group the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), was John R Lloyd, now 69.
“Oh, it was exhilarating. It was empowering. We thought we could take over the world and change it to how we feel ... It was about system change as well,” he said...