As thousands of onlookers lined the streets they were filled with chants of “No ifs, no buts – No LGBT cuts” – Pride is Protest! – Pride not Profit!” – “We’re here, we’re queer – we can’t afford next year!” and “They say cut back – we say fight back!”
The delegations from university and college student unions and trade unions politicised the parade with placards highlighting the disproportional impact of the cuts on LGBT people.
Over 4000 leaflets were taken by protesters, LGBT organisations and community groups and the public.
A public meeting will be held on Monday 11th June at 6:30pm in the Birmingham UNISON offices to continue the campaign. For more details click here.
Thanks to Geoff Dexter for the images, more pictures from Geoff of Birmingham Pride 2012 can be found here.
All photos (c) Geoff Dexter.