Peter Tatchell at London Pride
The wife of Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown marched alongside gay activists and drag queens in Saturday’s London Pride parade.
Earlier in the day Sarah Brown and the Prime Minister hosted a pre-pride reception at number 10 Downing Street. “I thought it was great. Ten years ago, this reception would never have happened,” Matthew Todd, the editor of Attitude magazine, told PinkNews.co.uk.
The parade which was held that afternoon drew a crowd of nearly one million people. Sarah Brown was amongst the first groups of marchers who walked along Oxford street. She was followed by drag queens dressed in blonde wigs and Union Jack dresses.
Mariela Castro, daughter of President RaÃºl Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, also participated in the parade. Speaking to the crowds at Trafalgar Square after the march she said: “Hello London … this is a wonderful festival of equality”.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who described civil partnerships as “a form of sexual apartheid”, said that he would ask Sarah Brown to speak to her husband about allowing same-sex couples to marry in the same way as heterosexual partners.
During the march, Tatchell held a placard that read: “Gordon and Sarah can marry, gays can’t. End the ban on gay marriage.”