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CLS celebrates Pride

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Pride 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn rebellions; a catalyst for equality and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. Alumni, pupils, and staff came together at City of London School for a reception on Monday 24 June, just ahead of the London festivities, to celebrate Pride. Amongst the merriment and reminiscing, alumnus, Dr Will Tosh (Class of 1999) raised the Pride flag and rousing speeches were given by our Head of Sixth Form and Old Citizens Ethan Andrews (Class of 2018) and Loukas Haggipavlou (Class of 2018).

Mr Emerson eloquently summarised the spirit and celebration of Pride, as well as the ambitions of the School with the following: "To the Old Citizens here this evening, welcome, and thank you for providing strong role models to the boys at City of London School. We are in new territory here, celebrating rights and diversity in a very public way but we push on and we keep the flag flying high, knowing like Martin Luther King said, that the arc of the moral universe is long but that it bends towards justice. Equal rights for all, equal marriage for all, and now in schools educating our young people to respect and celebrate diversity. Let us all, present students, former students, colleagues, allies, work towards this noble end until every young person in our care, and in our country, feels safe and happy to be the beautiful person they were born to be."

Alumni, pupils, and staff came together just ahead of the London festivities.
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