London Pride will feature no bisexual groups in this year’s parade, it has emerged.
Banks, corporations and TV fandoms have been given spots on the march, including Avengers’ fans and Bank of America.
However, there will be no group who specifically represent bisexual people as part of the parade, to be held on July 8, which is now full. Last year, Bisexuals + were part of the parade.
‘If there isn’t room for bi people but there is for companies briefly sporting a rainbow banner and chucking out lanyards, ur doing it wrong,’ Toby Walker tweeted.
Organisers said bi groups didn’t apply in time and it was ‘first come first served’.
Activist Lewis Oakley said: ‘The amount of young bisexuals (who are) about to realise just how invisible they are at this year’s Pride really makes me sad.
‘Pride is supposed to represent and celebrate us all.
‘If a bisexual group didn’t apply I feel it is their responsibility to put one together. It’s no secret bisexual people are hard to find, we are the least likely subgroup to be out.’
Activists online claimed the date for applications to march were closed early.
Sali Owen, a bi activist, was left perplexed by the decision.
She said: ‘Not allowing any bi groups to march really displays London Pride’s institutional biphobia.
‘They didn’t think it was a failure on their part that no bi groups had approached them before they closed the deadline early, and they referred to a bi group’s subsequent request to march as “demanding”.
‘Imagine the outcry if no lesbian groups were allowed to march at an LGBT Pride.
‘I won’t be going to London LGT Pride. I’m going to LGBT Foundation’s #BiSeries and BiCon instead, where I’m welcome.’
For some, the fact groups like Supernatural fans will have a marching presence adds insult to injury.
Libby Baxter-Williams of Biscuit, a bi advocacy group, said: ‘Pride in London says it represents the whole community, so it’s disappointing to see that no one from Pride thought the lack of bi representation was a problem.
‘They must ask themselves why no one signed up’.
A spokesman for London Pride commented on Twitter: ‘Groups need to represent themselves by applying. We are disappointed that no Bi groups applied on time. Over 50 groups on waiting list also.
‘We encourage all to apply. We encourage inclusive groups that represent all LGBT+. No exclusions. And a fair process built by the community.
‘Bi people are amongst our volunteers, performers, in parade groups that are fully LGBT+ inclusive.’
Metro.co.uk has approached Pride in London and the Mayor of London for comment.