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posted Friday, June 12, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 24
Right-wing UKIP party banned from London Pride
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Right-wing UKIP party banned from London Pride

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

London Pride organizers have banned a contingent from UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) from participating in the parade.

UKIP had to go, they said, to 'ensure the event passes on safely and in the right spirit.'

The party came in third in Britain's recent parliamentary elections, with almost four million votes, but only elected one member to parliament because its votes were spread out over a number of constituencies.

UKIP is an anti-EU, anti-immigrant party. It says its position on LGBT rights is 'libertarian' but many of its spokespeople have taken clearly anti-Gay positions.

Party leader Nigel Farage has proposed banning HIV-positive people from entering the UK, a position which led ACT UP's London chapter to dump cow manure outside UKIP offices on World AIDS Day.

Farage also described same-sex marriage as 'a very big can of worms,' and promised legal protections for Christians who refused business services to same-sex couples, should UKIP win the parliamentary elections.

In February a UKIP candidate was forced to drop out of his race after calling LGBT people 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.' Another candidate wrote an anti-Gay editorial for the Christian right website WorldNetDaily.

London's LGBT community was understandably horrified at the prospect of UKIP marching prominently in their city's Pride Parade, and launched a petition demanding the party be banned.

After initially resisting the calls to ban UKIP, Pride organizers bowed to public pressure, but insisted that their decision was not politically motivated.

'Over the last few days we, both as individuals and the volunteer directors of Pride, have had to wrestle with a difficult issue - whether to include a group from UKIP in this year's Pride in London Parade,' the organizers said in a statement.

'We aim to unite our community, not divide it, and our intention is to serve the whole of our community with an inclusive event, so to exclude any group is not a decision we take lightly.'

British LGBT rights activists Peter Tatchell, one of those demanding the group be banned, scoffed at the Pride organizers' statement.

'I don't agree with that,' Tatchell told BBC News. 'It's a nonsense to say there's a safety issue. That is just a cop-out.

'Quite clearly the reason UKIP should not be allowed to participate is because they don't support gay equality.'

On the other hand, London mayor Boris Johnson, whose office provides grants to fund Pride, said he disapproved of banning UKIP.

'I do not agree at all with this policy,' Johnson told Britain's Pink News.

'I passionately believe in the Pride march and the values of equality it represents and think that all should be allowed to participate. I hope this is sorted out as soon as possible.'

The mayor's spokesperson added that his office was working to ensure that 'all groups' could participate.

Tatchell, meanwhile, said that if UKIP decided to show up despite the ban, they should not be removed by police.

'I would oppose UKIP being physically manhandled or arrested if they try to march,' he told Pink News.

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