Posted on: 1 July 2024

CNWL’s LGBT+ staff network walked in the London Pride parade on Saturday.


As 50 CNWL staff proudly marched, it’s good to reflect on the changes that have been made for the better but also recognise that we still have far to go.

This year marks 55 years since the first pride – the Stonewall Riots in New York.

Stonewall wasn’t the first uprising the LGBT+ community had against violence and oppression, but it is the one that became the catalyst for the worldwide pride movement.

Now every year on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, cities across the globe celebrate and commemorate by holding their own Pride.

The impact of the Stonewall Riots is evident in the progress made over the past five decades; legal protections, social acceptance, the right to be married and have a family.

There are still many places where being LGBT+ is dangerous, and discrimination and prejudice remain prevalent, even in the UK.

The NHS is here for everyone and CNWL’s attendance in the Pride in London parade marked an important commitment, echoed by our Chief Executive Officer, Graeme Caul:

 “We are committed to fostering an environment where all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feel safe, respected, and valued.”

We hope everyone had a great pride weekend.

Happy Pride!