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      Waltham Forest Pride Day 2019

This year's Waltham Forest Pride Day was somewhat lower key than last year's (the first time it was held here. You can listen to our report here: It began with a mighty downpour as the parade was about to set out from Bakers Arms to walk to the town square, and there was an attempt to cancel the whole event, but the rain quickly cleared and we had a somewhat damp gathering on the square. Then, at about 2.00 pm the action moved back to the Bakers Arms and the William IV pub to hear some speeches followed by entertainment, led by the irrepressible Victoria Sponge.

This report includes an interview with Maas, the secretary of IMMAN, the LGBTQI Muslim charity that supports members of the Muslim community who don't conform to the ultra-conservative views on gender and sexuality of that community's leaders. You can find out more about the organisation by visiting their Facebook page, which is called 'IMMAN - Muslim LGBTQI Support', or their website, which is here:

We also spoke to Gemma Dunning, the Vicar at Leytonstone United Free Church on Wallwood Road, Leytonstone. Their website is at

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