Pride 2015: Profession pays tribute to ‘Legal Heroes’ who’ve championed LGBT rights

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Lawyers contribute to carnival atmosphere at London Pride march buoyed by US Supreme Court backing of gay marriage

Here come the lawyers! #prideinlondon

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Members of the legal profession were out in force on Saturday at Pride in London, the annual Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) parade through the capital.

Walking behind a huge purple banner emblazoned with scales of justice, the crowd of solicitors and barristers wowed the crowd with that old lawyer favourite, the horsehair wig, while seeking to draw attention to the #LegalHeroes campaign being run to highlight key contributions to gay rights.

Among the 18 “legal heroes” named on the Law Society’s website is No5 barrister S Chelvan, a champion of LGBTI rights among asylum seekers and migrants, who was in attendance at the parade.

Other participants included Bar Council chair Alistair MacDonald QC, Law Society chief executive Catherine Dixon and former Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff (pictured below, from left to right).


Legal Cheek caught up with the lawyers as they headed noisily down Regent Street at a jubilant procession buoyed by Friday’s decision of the US Supreme Court to legalise gay marriage across all states.


And to crown the day, this correspondent even managed to get a #LegalHeroes sticker for his Lord Denning T-shirt — courtesy of Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter.

Read about the Law Society’s LGBTI legal heroes here.


Sir Richard Richard

Legal Aid is going up in smoke, but Legal Cheek think the most important story is a celebration of bum sex…


Sir Richard Richard

Still I suppose it’s better than more comments by Lord Harley of counsel.


Daniel Olive

Also gross indecency. Don’t forget gross indecency.

More seriously, there remain serious problems for LGBT people, some of which lawyers are trying to address, including how the government looks for proof of homosexuality, and the tendency for certain laws to be enforced mainly against people who are in some way queer.

But above all, never forget gross indecency.



Political correctness prevents any amusing comments but can I be permitted to observe the young Bernard Manning lookalike pictured above (oh the irony)



Why is Lord Denning your Homeboy?
In 1990 he caused uproar with a claim that homosexuals should not be judges because they would be more open to blackmail.
Still your Homeboy?


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