London celebrations

Pride in London is set to be the ‘biggest Pride event in the world this year’

The Pride in London 2022 Parade tops the list of global Pride celebrations this year as it prepares to return for the first time since 2019.

This year’s celebration will also mark 50 years of the first Pride in the UK.

According to a new survey by happy times and Airbnb, tens of thousands of nights have been booked around the world coinciding with Pride weekends this summer.

The most common date for Pride weekend, June 24, is one of the most searched check-in dates.

The survey, which involved more than 15,000 LGBT+ people around the world, found nearly two-thirds of respondents are still embracing international travel as restrictions have eased throughout the Covid pandemic.

More than 60% of respondents said they seek out LGBT+ experiences, such as Pride celebrations, when traveling.

It comes after parades around the world were canceled for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.

After Pride in London, other cities holding Pride parades in the top 10 include Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Barcelona, ​​Toronto, New York, Milan and Madrid.

The data also showed the top 10 most hospitable Pride destinations, with Portland ranked first, followed by San Francisco, Bristol, Seattle, Austin, Sao Paulo, Glasgow, Mykonos, Edinburgh and Los Angeles.

This year, Pride in London will take place on Saturday 2 July.

The campaign will commemorate the past 50 years of the movement and its evolution, and will also look to the next 50 years.

During the march, participants will call on the government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act, provide equal protection to LGBT+ communities from hate crimes, and establish a National AIDS Memorial.

Tag Warner, CEO of happy times, said, “LGBT+ people face various challenges and barriers when traveling abroad. It is often not enough to understand local laws on LGBT+ rights, but also the social perspective of citizens – which often varies from city to city within a given country.

“On the other hand, the data from this happy times Study shows LGBT+ people often travel to embrace who they are and who they are – knowing that it can sometimes be easier when away from home.

“After talking with our audience about their own travel plans, we expect a significant increase in LGBT+ travel around Pride this summer. Many Pride events and celebrations have been canceled since 2019 and gay travelers are ready to participate again.

The Independent is the official editorial partner of Pride in London 2022.