‘Vividly illustrated’ stamps to mark 50th anniversary of first UK Pride rally
Royal Mail has unveiled images of a new set of “vibrantly illustrated” stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride gathering in the UK.
The eight stamps celebrate a march that took place from Trafalgar Square to London’s Hyde Park in July 1972, which was the first to bear the name Gay Pride Rally.
The march was inspired by events in the United States, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.
The stamps, specially commissioned by Royal Mail, were illustrated by award-winning artist Sofie Birkin, under the artistic direction of NB Studio and Royal Mail consulted their internal LGBT & Friends network.
They describe the first Gay Pride rally and the first Gay Pride events where participants shouted slogans such as “Gay is fun!” Gay is proud! Gay is beautiful! to the most recent update on the traditional rainbow flag.
David Gold of the Royal Mail said: ‘The vibrant and colorful Pride events taking place in cities across the UK today have their origins in a small number of people marching through central London there half a century ago to raise awareness about discrimination. and inequality.
“There have been huge changes in laws and social attitudes, but Pride events continue to play a key role in raising awareness of discrimination, as well as celebrating diversity and individualism.”
Alan Dye, Creative Director of NB Studio, said: “It was a real honor to be asked to design this iconic series for the Royal Mail, as they represent such an important part of British LGBTQ+ history.
“Watching these beautiful illustrations come to life, you could easily imagine yourself being part of the ‘March in Time’.”
NB Studio created a movie from the stamp illustrations, in collaboration with the animation studio Animade.
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