The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrates queer culture and includes 50 years of Pride in Parade
Diversity was on full display at the Platinum Jubilee Parade this weekend with Pride banners, a giant Progress flag along with more drag queens and queer performers than you could shake a disco stick at.
Despite what you may think about the Royal Family and their sometimes vague history with the LGBTQ+ community, this was a coming together of people from around the world to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II‘s world-beating 70 years on the throne. Of course, for the queer community, that is a LIFETIME of change.
There was a display of traditional Indian marriage with drag queens in their most glorious Asian finery marching alongside their (somewhat shorter) sisters and queer celebrities like Wayne Sleep, Rylan Clarke and RuPaul’s Drag Rave UK‘s The Vivienne all partying on busses going up the Mall in a near 3 hour pageant.
This all comes the day after the Party at the Palace which saw LGBTQ+ performers take centre stage with the likes of Adam Lambert performing with his backing band Queen (joking!) and Elton John defying rumours that he’s frail with a pre-recorded selection of tracks beamed onto Buckingham Palace itself.
That’s to say nothing of the gay icons who appeared either performing or in the parade. Diana Ross put on an incredible show belying her age and stars such as Dame Joan Collins featured in open top Jaguars crawling down the Mall in front of the thousands of well-wishers.