KeshetUK co-ordinated a strong presence at the Pride in London parade 2018 with over 150 LGBT+ people, their families and allies taking part. This was organised in partnership with West London Synagogue, Jewish LGBT+ Group (formerly JGLG), Gay Jews In London, Beit Klal Yisrael, Imahot v’Avot and Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians.
There was a wonderful atmosphere of singing and dancing – helped by a large presence of Jewish youth movements!
The celebratory tone of the occasion was dampened afterwards when we found out that a single transphobic group hijacked the start of the Pride Parade, seeking to create division and fear instead of unity and love. At KeshetUK we offer solidarity and support through our work to ensure a trans inclusive world. We call on Pride in London to communicate the steps they will take to ensure this could not happen again.
KeshetUK Executive Director Dalia Fleming said, "Singing ‘Kol Ha’Olam Kulo’ through the streets of London was a message for all. This Hebrew song emphasises how we must not live in fear. The Jewish contingency in the parade showed the diverse and inclusive nature of our community and how together – we can create a world free from fear of having to choose between one's LGBT+ and Jewish identity.”