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Karen Ocamb: A Proud Eyewitness to LA AIDS/LGBTQ History

“Nobody can say we aren’t brave. We do courage with a proud, colorful flare! Happy Pride!”

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Jewel Thais-Williams, journalist Karen Ocamb & Bamby Salcedo at an LA Blade party at Pump

WEST HOLLYWOOD – Karen Ocamb has been an eyewitness to AIDS and LGBTQ history since the late 1980s. Born Jan. 24, 1950, her father was one of the first Americans to join the Royal Air Force before the U.S. joined World War II. He met her mother in Egypt where she worked for British Intelligence, defeating the Nazis at El Alamein.

After the war, her father became a “lifer” in the U.S. Air Force. Karen was born at Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama; her brother was born four years later at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. The family moved around until her father retired and went to work for the Avco-Lycoming, settling in Westport, Connecticut where her mother became a real estate broker.

During the 1960s, Karen embraced the counterculture movement, protesting the war in Vietnam and fighting for civil rights and women’s liberation.

She attended Skidmore College in 1968, enjoyed “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll,” dropped out for a year, landed in a mental hospital after a failed suicide attempt, experimented with the occult, lived on a commune and a Maoist collective.

After finally graduating from college, she joined CBS News in New York as a desk assistant, clerking for Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and Bob Schieffer, among others. In 1980, CBS got her clean and sober under the Employee Assistance Program. 

In late 1983, she left CBS for Los Angeles to become an equity waiver playwright. In 1984, she produced the Olympic coverage for CBS News affiliates, after which she took acting classes with Salome Jens and volunteered for the West Hollywood cityhood movement.

She became a volunteer caregiver after her friends started dying from AIDS and in 1988, joined the gay press to “do more.” Karen still lives in West Hollywood where she works remotely for Public Justice, a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization. She is also working on a project to share her memories online to counter the erasure of AIDS/LGBTQ history.

Author Paul Monette lived on N. Kings Road with his partner Winston Wilde. Shortly before he died, Paul spoke about AIDS at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Hollywood  (Photos by Karen Ocamb)

LA Blade: Lesbians were the first really dedicated caregivers to gay man dying of AIDS, right?

Ocamb: I don’t know — but certainly we stepped up. A good part of my world were the 12 Step meetings where we all learned to be compassionate. People would come in with KS lesions on their face and big strapping vain guys were withering away. And they’d suddenly throw up or lose control of their bowels. There was such shame and self-loathing — but we all forgave each other everything to be there for each other. It was just incredibly moving. I joke that I saw more penises and balls at that time than when I pretended to be straight. 

LA Blade: Tell me about your experience of Pride celebrations.

Ocamb: The first Pride celebration I saw was in New York City in the 1970s. I ran alongside during my lunch hour from CBS News. I was not out. I called myself ‘androgynous’ and the practice of androgyny was bisexuality. I was gawking. It was kind of like, ‘Oh my God! Look at all these gay people.’ Everybody seemed so happy — like they didn’t want to kill themselves. During the anti-war movement, I met some gay people. But it was more of an intellectual thing. So, Pride didn’t actually happen for me until I started covering it in WeHo in the late 1980s.

Dave Johnson, Executive Director of Being Alive and LA City’s first AIDS Coordinator (1989); Phill Wilson, LA City AIDS Coordinator (1990-1993) and co-founder of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum.  (Photos by Karen Ocamb)

LA Blade: Have you seen Pride evolve? Do you see it as more corporate now?

Ocamb: In the beginning, it was considered a good thing to have corporate representation. It’s like, ‘They like us. They’re saying our name.’ Because it was just us, dying. Some of us wanted to be recognized as ‘good gays,’ just like the straights. There was a huge fight to allow gay and lesbian LAPD officers to recruit in uniform while Transgender Menace Shirley Bushnell marched for visibility and dignity. Others protested, which was controversial during the Pride parade. Organizers held their breath when ACT UP/LA stopped the parade with a die-in. For some, Pride was bigger than them. For others, it was just a big party. There were people handing out condoms and other people with kids. I remember the Pop Luck Club – co-founded by Daniel Brandhorst and Ronald Gamboa. They died with their young son David when their United Flight 175 flew into the second tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Transgender Menace Shirley Bushnell (right) in early 1990s; then-closeted LA City Councilmember Joel Wachs and Mark Haskins, co-chair of the LA Gay and Lesbian Police Advisory Task Force after winning visibility battle over LAPD Chief Daryl Gates in 1991. (Photos by Karen Ocamb)

LA Blade: Why do you think it’s still necessary to celebrate Pride?

Ocamb: Because we’re still hated — and because we’re still hated, we internalize that hatred and that shame.  There needs to be a way to be in a diverse community of people where you can just be yourself.  That’s a starting point. From there, you can start talking to other people, make new friends, form a support group and hug a lot. And then you say, ‘Wait a second. What they say about me is not true. I have pride in who I am. Who I am is a wonderful person. And that I am LGBTQ is a remarkable characteristic about me. And I’m proud of that.’ 

LA Blade: Are there any memories of Pride that stand out to you?

Photos: Longtime LGBTQ allies and Pride attendees Judith Light (with then-Assemblymember Sheila Kuehl and Torie Osborn) and Rep. Adam Schiff. (Photos by Karen Ocamb) 

Ocamb: Several. I was honored in 2004 so I’m appreciative of that. But one I think we should remember — especially given these times, was the June 12, 2016 Pride that happened the day after the gay Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. People started gathering at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevard – I live just up the street. It was a usual dreary June morning. But this was heavy. A pall hung over everything. People were asking, ‘Should we call this off?  Is it disrespectful to the dead? Will there be copycats? Will the same thing happen here, in the gay Camelot?’ Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff begged him to leave. And it turned out there was a guy who drove from Indiana with a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials in his car who’d been arrested in Santa Monica. He said he was headed for the Pride parade in West Hollywood. Given Orlando, we didn’t know whether the guy was a solo actor or whether it was a terrorist thing or a white supremacist thing or a religious evangelical thing since they’ve had it out for us for so long.  CSW decided we’re not going to run in fear in the face of these threats against us. And Adam decided to march, too. I mean, here’s a guy who knowingly is putting his life on the line to march with us, as a straight ally, in a Pride parade where everybody’s scared shitless of a sniper or a surprise assault. But nonetheless, we needed to do this. And we did — with joy! 

Photos: CSW co-founder Morris Kight (in pink shirt) with AHF’s Michael Weinstein, Miki Jackson, Patricia Nell Warren; CSW co-founder Rev. Troy Perry and husband Phillip Ray De Blieck at Pride (Photos by Karen Ocamb) 

Nobody can say we aren’t brave. We do courage with a proud, colorful flare! Happy Pride!

  

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The pleasures of Palm Springs Pride are many

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Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

PALM SPRINGS – There is, of course, the obvious element – a strong sense of shared community with hundreds of fellow LGBTQ+ people, living our lives and taking a moment to celebrate all the things that make us both unique and essential within the totality of American culture – that marks any Pride event across the globe; but there’s something special, dare we even say “magical”, about the vibe in this desert city’s timelessly elegant approach to the occasion.

It’s difficult, in fact, to describe the blend of progressive modern sensibility and aspirational small-town idealism that defines the experience. Though Palm Springs is a long-established oasis for Angelenos seeking an escape from the big-city intensity that governs their daily lives, it’s also a comparatively modest municipality in which queer culture interacts with quotidian practicality on a regular basis. That means, for the purposes of Pride, that the city comes together as a unified voice to assert not only the validity of queer experience, but the inextricable part it plays in the daily life of the community – a welcome and valued part of the diverse and inclusive environment in one of Southern California’s most iconic destinations.

Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

This year’s festivities were no exception. Whether it’s because, coming on the cusp of a crucial midterm election, Palm Springs Pride represents an eleventh-hour throw-down against the Trump-ist forces that threaten to undermine most of the hard-won freedoms we’ve come to take for granted, or because it reminds us of the deep well of allied support that exists around our struggle to break free of the stigma and repression of the past, the vibe at this year’s 36th annual festival was a heartening dose of positivism – an unequivocally welcome counterpoint to the worst-case scenarios and doom-laden prognostications dominating our current cultural discourse.

The sense of enthusiastic solidarity that permeated the event can be attributed, at least in part, to the heavy participation of local merchants and organizations – something that is part of any Pride celebration, perhaps, but here taken to a level which made a smalltown festival feel as if it were happening in a major metropolitan hub.

With over 150 exhibitors, there was much to do, see, and sample from the vendors, artists and craftspeople, non-profits, and food and beverage providers on hand; deployed in booths, outdoor lounges, and food trucks across several blocks of the city’s classic downtown corridor on Palm Canyon Drive, these representatives of the community ensured there was no shortage of activity to keep visitors entertained between the weekend’s plethora of musical performances and other scheduled events.

Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

Pride flags, buttons, gear, and other queer-affirming merchandise were available everywhere; opportunities to interact with local organizations – from nudist recreation clubs to live theatre companies to anti-bullying advocacy and support groups – were plentiful; if you were in search of a monkeypox or flu vaccination, those services were available, too, along with plentiful information and resources around other LGBTQ+ health and wellness concerns.

In addition, the location allowed for numerous stores and restaurants lining the streets of the Pride venue – many of them on the Palm Springs “must do” list for tourists and locals alike –  to remain open for business, offering full access without even having to leave the festival’s “Event Zone.”

Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

All of this helped to create a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming atmosphere in which all the colors, sights, and sounds of Pride were on full and constant display – an environment where everyone could feel seen, supported, and appreciated, from out and proud members of the LGBTQ+ community to allies and family, or anywhere in between.

Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

That’s not to say there wasn’t a keen awareness at Palm Springs Pride of the precarious edge on which our queer future teeters. Though the atmosphere within the festival was focused on celebration, there was an aura of grim-but-determined battle-readiness that became most evident, perhaps, in the cheers of support bestowed on openly gay US Congressional candidate Will Rollins by the tightly-packed crowd of spectators as he marched in Sunday morning’s parade.

Alan Uphold, a relative newcomer to Palm Springs who relocated from Los Angeles with husband Jeff Olde just before the pandemic, told the Blade he believed the sense of political urgency was sparked by the recent redistricting process that made the city part of a very “red” political region. “Because of redistricting,” he observed, “Palm Springs was lumped in with the more conservative areas to the west of us that are currently represented by one of the most corrupt, anti-LGBTQ, anti-reproductive freedom, January 6th-denying members in Congress. There’s a real sense of stress here, mixed with cautious optimism that Palm Springs voters could help Will Rollins win, because we CAN NOT be represented by a radical MAGA extremist like Calvert.”

Eva L, a festival attendee from Coachella who told the Blade she came to march with Rollins, also expressed frustration over the redistricting. “I can’t believe residents and politicians in Palm Springs just rolled over and didn’t object to it. Being represented by Calvert is a setback to the peaceful haven that is our community. I think we should demand to be reincorporated. So, I’m here in part just to support Will and hope for the best on Tuesday.”

There were voices in the crowd, too, that served as reminders that – even at Pride – not everyone is on board with progressive ideas about LGBTQ+ acceptance. Roberta C, who was wearing a Bianco for Sheriff campaign badge, told us she doesn’t understand why people need Pride in Palm Springs. “You guys have it easy now – and I realize that can change – but I’m here to be with my nephew who thinks he might be transgender. I’m confused because he’s going to become a woman and says he’s a lesbian. He insists on being called ‘they’.” The Blade offered to provide contact information for Trevor Project as she walked away, wiping a tear from her face as she said with cracking voice, “It’s all too much for me.”

Still, the overall mood of the crowd was festive throughout the weekend, with many people overheard saying it was the best Pride they’ve seen in recent memory. One attendee, Carlos Hernandez, who was visiting Palm Springs and happened upon the event by accident, told us “I can’t believe my luck! Be always wanted to attend Pride in the states and it’s just hard to believe how joyous this day has been so far.”

“Joyous” is, in fact, the word we would also use to describe the occasion, which was ultimately a triumphant declaration of how far we’ve come as a queer community coupled with a fierce recognition of how far we have still to go. It’s that heady mix of emotions that made Palm Springs Pride less remarkable, perhaps, for its party atmosphere and high-voltage entertainment – though those were undeniably part of the event’s success – than for the thousands of little moments, powerful and personal, experienced by those who were there.

Uphold perhaps encapsulated the resonant magic of this phenomenon.

Photo by JPK/Los Angeles Blade

“The thing that Jeff and I love about Palm Springs Pride is that even though the event attracts more than 125,000, it still feels like a smalltown festival,” he told us. “I especially like that the parade features local high school bands and students from local high school students all across the Coachella Valley.”

“When we attended Pride celebrations 25 years ago in WeHo, it was practically an act of subversion and defiance just to show up. That’s why, every year, I get really emotional just seeing these high school kids marching in a Pride parade,” he added.

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This weekend, get your Pride on in Palm Springs

This year’s Pride carries on that tradition with all the colorful, pedestrian-friendly festivities we’ve come to know, love, and expect

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Photo by J.P. King

PALM SPRINGS – It must be said that there are perks to being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and living in Los Angeles.

No, we’re not talking about the plethora of cultural, arts, and entertainment events that take place in our city, or the close proximity to Hollywood and all the glitz and glamour that entails, or the privilege of having WeHo, one of the great queer meccas, right at our doorstep.

We’re not talking about the progressive attitudes and politics that keep us insulated – for the moment, anyway – from the regressive conservatism that threatens our hard-won rights and protections across so much of the rest of our country, and even in large swaths of our state. We’re not even talking about the legendary weather.

All of those things and many more make living here a treat, of course; but for many queer Angelenos, one of the best parts of being a resident is having the option of a weekend escape to Palm Springs – and that becomes an even greater pleasure in November, when the desert city turns even more rainbow-colored than usual for its annual Pride Celebration – which launched a weekend of fun events last night with a dance party in the streets of the already-iconic, newly-dubbed Arenas District.

Since the first Palm Springs Pride was launched in 1986 (it was billed as “Sizzle”), the local LGBTQ+ community has come together to celebrate and to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Incorporated in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the festival has grown over the years into a multi-day event that is one of the city’s – and the entire Coachella Valley’s – biggest annual highlights.

This year’s Pride carries on that tradition with all the colorful, pedestrian-friendly festivities we’ve come to know, love, and expect. Highlights of the weekend include:

  • An event zone including multiple stages on Arenas Rd, the new city park, Tahquitz Way, and Palm Canyon Drive.
  • Alcoholic beverages available for purchase inside the festival (no alcohol is permitted beyond the designated event zone).
  • Over 150 exhibitors, non-profit organizations, food trucks, fair food, and beverage vendors.
  • A diverse array of artists, entertainers, outdoor beverage lounges with premium cocktails, wine, and festive food purveyors – along with various items for purchase, including jewelry, snacks, and sweets. 
  • Great shopping, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive.
  • An action-packed Children’s Headquarters (CHQ) space for fun, games, and crafts presented by Nissan.
  • The Pride Youth Zone, open to those 14 to 21, a safe space for queer youth to hang out and meet others within the Pride Festival. Featuring continuous entertainment and activities, free food and drink, youth-only confidential testing, drag and make-up fun, safe sex information, and shade from the sun. All youth are embraced. Presented by US Bank and hosted by Safe Schools Desert Cities, all youth are embraced.
  • A continuous slate of musical performances and dancing, with headliners Todrick Hall (Saturday night) and Pussy Riot (Sunday night) as highlights and a host of other exciting artists – including Tanzer, Polartropica, Tolliver, Betty, and Ballet Folklorico Proyeto Trans Latina, among many others – scheduled across three stages within the festival zone.
  • The colorful Pride Parade, where thousands of spectators can gather under Palm Springs’ famous crystal blue skies and sunshine to cheer and support local organizations, activists, and themed floats along historic Palm Canyon Drive.
Photo by J.P. King

Yes, there’s a lot to do, but a visit to the Palm Springs Pride website can help you sort out the where, when, and who of it all in a few short clicks. You can even download it to your phone as an app for quick and easy access to schedule information once you’re inside the event.

The festivities last through Sunday night, which means there’s still plenty of time to throw on your best Pride gear, get in the car, and make that commute to the desert before it’s all over. If you’re on a budget (and with inflation as it is, who isn’t?), the best news might just be that the festival is a free community event – though it should be noted that gate donations are being accepted at the entry points to help keep Pride free for everyone to attend.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your Pride on!

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Long Beach Pride parade & festival July 8th-10th

The theme is ‘Many voices-one spirit, marking three decades of the annual third largest Pride in California celebrating the LGBTQ+ community

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LONG BEACH – This weekend marks the in-person return of Long Beach Pride after the coronavirus pandemic had halted previous celebrations. The celebration’s theme this year is “Many voices-one spirit,” marking three decades that the annual three-day festival, parade and teen pride- the third largest Pride festival and parade in California, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.

This year, in addition to the stages and musical entertainment, organizers will be creating multiple activations and attractions encompassing the diversity and interests of Long Beach’s LGBTQ+ community.

Elsa Martinez, the president of the Board of Long Beach Pride was a guest on KTLA’s Morning News Thursday to discuss the upcoming weekend festival which kicks off Friday.

 

For more information visit https://longbeachpride.com/

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Hundreds attend 4th annual South LA Pride celebration

Hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson & Herb Wesson, this year’s family-friendly celebration was a “Pride Picnic”

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South LA Pride Chair Jasmyne Cannick & event host Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. (Photo credit Raymond Kwan)

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds attended the 4th annual South LA Pride celebration on Jul. 1 at Norman O. Houston Park in Baldwin Hills.  Hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Herb Wesson, this year’s family-friendly celebration was a “Pride Picnic” meant to bring together South LA’s LGBTQ community and their allies for a culturally relevant pride celebration. 

2022 South LA Pride Community Picnic at the Norman O. Houston Park in Los Angeles, California on July 1, 2022
(Photo Credit: Koi Sojer/ Snap’N U Photos)

In addition to Harris-Dawson and Wesson, this year saw the most Black elected officials ever at a pride celebration in Los Angeles including Congresswoman Karen Bass, Supervisor Holly Mitchell, Senator Sydney Kamlager, and more. 

Congresswoman Karen Bass and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
(Photo credit Raymond Kwan)

Journalist and advocate Jasmyne Cannick chaired the planning committee which included a host of community organizations. 

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson presents Compton Pride founder Princess Murray with a certificate of recognition.
(Photo credit Raymond Kwan)

The 2022 South LA Pride Community Picnic was sponsored in part by Community Coalition, Providence, FOX, AEG, and the LA Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department.

Drag performer Sole Valentine.
(Photo credit Raymond Kwan)

For more information, please visit southlapride.com.

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EN VIDEO: Marchas del orgullo LGBTQ+ en Colombia

Se realizaron celebraciones en Bogotá, Medellín y Pereira

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Miembros de Caribe Afirmativo participan en una marcha del orgullo LGBTQ en Bogotá, Colombia, el 3 de julio de 2022. (Foto cortesía de Caribe Afirmativo)

OrgulloLGBT.co es el socio mediático del Washington Blade en Colombia. Esta nota salió en su sitio web.

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Pride in London celebrates 50, Heartstopper cast members troll protestors

“People in this community have been able to be open & successful, thriving – but also recognise that we can’t be complacent” ~ London’s Mayor

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Heartstopper actors troll anti-LGBTQ protestors at Pride in London 2022 (Screenshot/Twitter)

LONDON – Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Pride in London, the first was led by the Gay Liberation Front in 1972. According to the BBC more than a million people thronged the streets of the UK’s capital city ranking it as one of the largest LGBTQ+ events in Europe.

In a Sunday interview with BBC Radio, London’s Pride director Chris Joell-Deshields said it was important as it provided a great level of visibility for LGBTQ+ rights. 

“We’re able to provide that form of visibility, unity, quality, that the world can see and it sends a message of solidarity to those persons who may be thinking ‘I can’t be open’, ‘I can’t be visible or I’ll be prosecuted in my country,” he said.

“The battles have not all been won. Yes we’ve had some magnificent achievements, whether or not that’s equal marriage, the repeal of section 28, the lifting of the ban of homosexuals and lesbians in the military, but we’ve still got a journey to go,” he told BBC Radio.

“Every day we’re continuing to have to fight for our trans people and making it a fair life for them. We’re still having to fight for those around the world who live in countries where they can’t be themselves,” Joell-Deshields added.

Reflecting on the masses gathered at Traflagar Square Joell-Deshields noted:

“Yesterday when we were in Trafalgar Square, and we were chanting ‘trans rights are human rights’, we were pushing that so that volume of noise was heard at Downing Street and beyond, to the millions or people on the footprint and thousands on the parade.

“That sends a powerful message to politicians and others that we’re here, we’re proud and loud, and we’re going to continue to fight.

“And there’s the next generation coming along that we need to pass the mantel to. We want them to understand that the fight is not won, we have to continue and the pride platform is a great platform to do that.”

Screenshot/YouTube Pride in London live-stream

Echoing Joell-Deshields, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who was in attendance Saturday told PinkNewsUK the LGBTQ+ community and allies “can’t be complacent” in the fight for equality.

The Mayor stressed that it was important to celebrate the hard won rights that the UK’s LGBTQ+ community has fought for over the last 50 years including the “end of Section 28”, the introduction of same sex marriage and the approval of “laws to protect this community.”

He then pivoted and warned there is still a “lot of campaigning” to be done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ+ venue in Oslo, Norway as well as attacks against the trans community in the UK. 

“People in this community have been able to be open and successful, thriving – but also recognise that we can’t be complacent,” Khan said. “There is still a lot of campaigning to be done.”

He continued: “This time last week we saw in Oslo members of this community being attacked – two being killed, many others being injured. 

“We’ve seen trans people in this country being used as pawns by politicians and others in a culture war. 

“So of course, we’ve got to continue protesting, continue campaigning, continue trying to make progress but also celebrate the progress we’ve made,” the mayor said.

Screenshot/YouTube Pride in London live-stream

Joining in to march in parade were cast members of the Netflix hit LGBTQ+ drama series ‘Heartstopper’ including lead actors Kit Connor and Joe Locke, and castmates Jenny Walser, Sebastian Croft, Tobie Donovan, Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell.

Alice Oseman the author, illustrator, screenwriter, and executive producer of Heartstopper tweeted:

At one point in the parade the cast stopped and trolled some anti-LGBTQ+ street pastors spouting inflammatory hate speech. Actors Joe Locke, who plays Charlie Spring and Sebastian Croft who plays Ben Hope, can be seen jumping up and down dancing as they displayed their non-verbal disapproval of the protestors bullhorn-delivered messaging.

Sebastian Croft who plays Ben Hope (Center) with Joe Locke, who plays Charlie Spring (Just behind Croft’s left shoulder) trolling anti-LGBTQ+ protestors at London Pride 2022.
(Screenshot/YouTube)

Kit Connor who plays Nick Nelson noted in a Twitter post:

 

A video, shared on Twitter by Sky News journalist Scott Beasley, showed the actors waving the middle finger and loudly singing along to Whitney Houston’s hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” in front of the street preachers.

PinkNewsUK reported that elsewhere in the parade, Connor carried Locke on his back as they walked along the parade route behind a giant Pride flag. The scene was very reminiscent of a Heartstopper doodle that Alice Oseman created for Pride in 2019 that depicted Nick carrying Charlie, who was wearing a colourful flag, on his back.

Locke told the BBC that this was his first Pride ever and said it was “such an honour” to be celebrating “being queer when the world might not be so accepting”. 

“It’s very, very surreal for me,” he said.

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