Ahead of the Pride in London celebrations this weekend, TfL have kitted out a number of their trains and buses in a unique and vibrant rainbow design to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and showcase the networks support.
The rainbow-wrapped bus (which can be seen on route 63 between Honor Oak and King’s Cross) will also proudly display the phrase “Every Story Matters” and will accompany the people representing TfL in the Pride parade on Saturday July 1.
A diverse group of LGBTQ+ personalities will be sharing their stories as part TfL’s Pride poster campaign which has been created to amplify voices within the community and inspire passengers to share their own stories under TfL’s #EveryStoryMatters theme. Drag superstar, Bimini; stylist, Gok Wan and dancer, Queen MoJo are amongst the celebrities who will be sharing their stories. Patricia Obinna (TfL’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion) said: “we are proud to continue to support Pride by sharing Pride messages across our network, and we hope people connect with the different stories as they travel on our network.”
In addition to the posters (which will be showcased at various stations across London including Victoria and Green Park), staff members have expressed their Pride creativity through poetry that will be recorded and played out at Covent Garden station from July 1, and TfL’s whiteboard posters in various stations will be adorned with quotes from LGBTQ+ books, such as “Soft Lad” by Nick Grimshaw.
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Seb Dance, said: “as London’s Pride celebrations approach, I’m delighted that we are once again using the TfL network to celebrate our fantastic LGBTQ+ communities. From sharing the stories of Londoners to wrapping trains in this distinctive livery, we are joining together to show the world that in London we celebrate our diversity.”