Pride in London HQ pic.twitter.com/ijFb1awxkQ— Nick Baker (@bicknaker) June 29, 2017
WHY IS LONDON PRIDE ALL ABOUT STRAIGHT PEOPLE pic.twitter.com/0oKo1wJYsa— innes mckendrick (@innesmck) June 29, 2017
Following the backlash, organisers released a statement apologising for the posters, saying that a number of the slogans were "misjudged". "As part of our theme to celebrate Love Happens Here we asked people, whether LGBT+ or straight, to send their messages of love for Pride. We then asked some wonderful artists to turn some of these messages into a series of posters," said the statement. "It is clear we misjudged the content of some of the messages in this poster series, undermining the individuality, importance, and dignity of the LGBT+ community. This was never our intention, and we are genuinely sorry to have played any part in something that appears to devalue our own community, and have removed these four images from our campaign. "London’s LGBT+ community is vibrant, diverse and strong, with incredible activists at its heart. Our ambition is, and always will be to promote and celebrate the visibility and diversity of London’s LGBT+ community, to stand up against hate, and campaign for true equality at home and abroad. "This year has seen our largest ever LGBT+ campaign, taking our messages of love around the world, breaking new ground in the UK, launching new services to tackle hate crime and raising awareness of the persecution of LGBT+ people around the world." They continued: "We hope the breadth of our campaign, that celebrates the wonderful spectrum of LGBT+ life in London, is a more truthful reflection of our community."
i mean this is the worst thing i have ever seen, and i have seen hairspray on broadway https://t.co/ov8GwVMYO1— Michael ✨ (@MJRgrs) June 29, 2017