These are looking wonderful!
In celebration of London’s LGBTQ+ community, 10 new Pride roundels have been unveiled across London Underground stations from today (September 22).
Each roundel carries vibrant colours and positive messages, as part of TFL’s continued support to the community in London. Every location was chosen by their creators to reflect their designs, which includes Vauxhall – an area with strong significance to the LGBTQ+ community – as well as Caledonian Road, Brixton, Hammersmith and Baker Street.
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Five of these designs were made by TFL staff, with the other five created by a group of talented LGBTQ+ Londoners sharing their visual representations. These include works from London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé; broadcaster and historian, Tim Dunn; activist and campaigner, Marc Thompson; designer and creator of the ‘La’ T-shirt, Philip Normal and prominent museum curator, Dan Vo.
Each roundel carries its own tale of lived and personal experiences, and aims to carry hope for the future across the community.
As the TFL roundel is something many Londoners see multiple times each day, with a history of more than 100 years, it’s powerful symbol to include the stories of a marginalised but powerful community that form such a vital part of life in our city.
It is TFL’s hope that these roundels will play a part in providing a platform for positive messages pf hope, love, compassion and unity, as well as spurring important conversations around issues affecting the community.
Speaking on his design, Marc Thompson said: “I’m really delighted to have been asked to provide a design for a roundel for Transport for London for Pride. It’s a real honour to have the words of Joseph Beam, a Black, queer activist and writer in such a prominent position.
“I’ve chosen these words and this image because I wanted honest visibility and representation of Black queer men to be highlighted in the London Underground. I am particularly proud that this roundel will be placed in Brixton where I was born and raised, and this station is central to my journey as a Black queer man in this city.”
Catch all 10 designs around London now!