London is a city where you are free to love who you love, and truly be who you are. Our staff reflect the diversity of the city we serve, including the LGBT+ community. We asked our staff to design roundels that reflected their experiences of Pride in London. 🏳️🌈
Paul, Fire engineer
💬 ‘This pop art-inspired roundel is primarily based around lesser-known Pride and LGBTQ+ flags and symbols. It reflects the energy and passion of our community, representing the broadest spectrum of fellow LGBTQ+ members.
The 90s theme is a reminder of darker times in the UK, with rife HIV diagnosis and misinformation, Section 28 and the reduction of LGBT+ rights through non-recognition. I’d like this to highlight that we should never forget the past but remember and embrace it, to give us – and future generations – hope for the future.
The slogan ‘All Together’ is a reminder that everyone is part of one large community, and we should look out for one another. We all want a happy and prosperous future – working together, we can make this happen.’
Joseph, Planning manager
💬 ‘It was a difficult time for everyone during the pandemic, but it was wonderful to see the whole society come together as a team, like the fabric thread represented here on this roundel. Everyone played their part by listening to guidelines, and so became a winner. I was supporting the planning of several London Underground projects and am happy to be part of this small link in this long thread. This roundel represents Pride, the NHS and the different lines on London Underground.’
Edwin, Customer service assistant
💬 ‘I wanted to capture the courage of a lion, using colour to represent Pride. Courage for all of us to return to what we perceived as normal life before the pandemic – courage to fight unseen enemies – and courage to be unique in our own special way.’
💬 ‘My design is based around hope and unity, with the hands representing people coming together in the hope that one day we can all be free of labels and just be ourselves. The butterflies are symbolic in representing that change. Together we are stronger; here’s to a brighter future.’
Jack, Assistant project manager
💬 ‘This roundel features the Progress flag encircling a disco ball. Disco obviously has a shared history with LGBT+ people – not to mention other minority and marginal groups – but is also forward looking – to a time where all Londoners can hit the dance floor.’