27 Jun 2015

Pride London: Alan Turing’s family join gay pride parade

Tens of thousands throng London’s street’s for the Pride parade

The family of the world famous code-breaker Alan Turing who was prosecuted for his homosexuality joined tens of thousands on the streets of London for the annual Pride march.

Alan Turning is one of the “Pride Heroes” being honoured at this year’s event, attended by tens of thousands of people.

Police have said there was extra security on the route following terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday

The flag of the United States joined Ireland and Mozambique’s at the front of the march, recognising recent gay rights progress in the three countries.

On Friday, the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was a legal right across the United States. The ruling meant 14 states would no longer be able to enforce a ban on such marriages.

Last month voters in Ireland overwhelmingly chose to change their constitution becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote.

Over the course of the last week, an estimated 950,000 have taken part in London Pride events, breaking a previous record of 750,000.

The parade began at 1pm passing Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square. It ends at Whitehall at around 4:30pm.