UKIP will no longer take part in the London Pride march on 27 June following outrage from LGBT activists at the right-wing party's inclusion in the event.
Pride organisers had originally defended their decision to allow UKIP to be involved, saying, "Pride is a platform for the whole LGBT+ community, including LGBT+ members of UKIP if they so wish."
"Considering that the EDL and BNP are banned, I'm very glad to hear that UKIP has been removed from Pride," Sarah Gillborn, who set up a petition opposing UKIP's participation in the event, told BuzzFeed News,
"UKIP as a political party does not care for LGBTQ rights, and the group is absolutely not welcome at Pride," Gillborn added.
UKIP's chair of LBGT has said that the move marks "a sad day for diversity and freedom."
On Twitter, the response has been mixed, with some people suggesting that freedom of expression should allow the inclusion of all.
While others are more than happy for UKIP not to be taking part...
Pride will take place in London on 27 June.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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