Rugby star and anti-homophobia campaigner Ben Cohen is leading a host of stars supporting Pride London 2011. Pride London is the biggest outdoor event in the UK with over a million people expected to join in on 2 July.
Ben Cohen is a well-known campaigner against homophobia and bullying and founded the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation to support this important cause. He will address the crowds at this year’s festival from the main stage to lend his support for the ongoing campaign for gay rights.
Commenting on his involvement Ben Cohen said:
“I am really excited about being able to attend Pride London this Saturday. It will be amazing to be part of such an occasion. It will also give me the chance to say ‘thank you’ on a world stage to everyone who has supported myself, my team and the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. Without the support we have received over the years from our LGBT friends, from all parts of the globe, we would not be in such a strong and privileged position to be able to make a difference. The future is very exciting!”
Pride London is a charity and annual parade is made possible through the generosity of donors and sponsors. This year’s headline sponsors are The Smirnoff Co. who will be leading the parade with their Smirnoff Miami Mix float complete with a DJ playing Miami tunes, an array of dancers, performers and a team of Miami roller-bladers. Festival-goers can also get involved in the run up to the parade by signing up on the Smirnoff GB Facebook page for exclusive Pride information and giveaways.
Chris Lock , Marketing Director Smirnoff GB said:
“The sponsorship of Pride is a fantastic chance for us to support the LGBT community. The Smirnoff Co. seeks to celebrate and unite the diversity of people and cultures across the globe and to create one-of-a-kind experiences and Pride embodies this perfectly. We are really looking forward to creating an amazing experience for the festival this year and look forward to the exciting build up for WorldPride in 2012.”
While this year’s event will feature performances from The Original Bucksfizz, street group Six D, Twenty Twenty and a selection of X Factor and Britain’s got talent stars, Pride London is more than just a party. It’s a full festival of events designed to support the whole spectrum of the LGBT community. This year’s highlights include:
AIDS quilt on display