The worldwide response to the film Pride has been amazing – it has given LGSM a whole new audience of contacts to link up with. We have had speakers and representatives at events in Turkey, Hawaii and Mexico. LGSM has been proud to bring its message of solidarity and support to Pride marches, film festivals and protests across Europe and across Britain.

The Seoul Parade is scheduled for 28 June, but the police have banned it after lobbying and protests by right-wing Christian groups. Japanese and Korean LGBT groups have formed a solidarity campaign to overturn it, with a slogan of ’Solidarity under the Rainbow - Stand up for somebody’.  Follow on Twitter

Saturday 6th June saw Pride Assemblies take place in both Korea and Kiev, with aggressive homophobic opposition at both. Seoul Pride faced a large anti-gay Christian protest and Kiev Pride was threatened with far right violence. A reminder of why international and political solidarity remains necessary. LGSM was able to use our twitter (@LGSMpride) account to send messages of support to both.

We are delighted that LGSD has been set up in Norway to support dockers! Here are activists bringing solidarity to Port workers during Bergen Pride. Please support them on Facebook and Twitter.

LGSM members and supporters together with a vibrant trade union contingent led the parade at the 70,000-strong Birmingham Pride festival on Saturday May 23rd.  Many in the gathered crowd that lined the route recognised our original banner from the film and greeted it with cheers and rapturous applause.

Geoff Dexter, on of the activists co-ordinating the bloc, said: “The crowds clapped people on the parade more enthusiastically than ever.

“There were banners from ten unions and the TUC, alongside the National Pensioners Convention and LGBT Against Islamophobia.”

Activists then took part in an LGSM / Trade Union event at the local LGSM centre which featured film showings, panel discussions and a socialist choir! Seasoned and new activists discussed the importance now more than ever of having a politicised presence at Pride and amongst the LGBT community. Speakers included an emotional address from miner Dave Cliff who marched with us. Festival headliner Jimmy Somerville held up a Pits and Perverts poster commemorating the event he headlined 30 years ago.