Islington’s rainbow black cab hits streets to fight homophobia

This black cab has been embalzoned with a rainbow as part of the International Day Against Homophobi

This black cab has been embalzoned with a rainbow as part of the International Day Against Homophobia [Photograph from Transport for London] - Credit: Archant

A classic London black cab has been transformed with a LGBT pride rainbow to mark the Internation Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday May 17.

Taxi driver Ian Beetlestone, from Islington, has debuted his freshly-decorated cab today, to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the world.

It will join TfL’s route 8 rainbow bus in this year’s Pride in London parade on June 27 to celebrate London’s diversity.

Mr Beetlestone said that gay cabbies like him “are like gay footballers - you know statistically there must be some but you rarely hear about them. I wanted to stand up and be counted. I’ve dreamed about driving a rainbow cab and am thrilled to have made this dream a reality with the help of TfL and Ubiquitous.

“As we mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia this Sunday, I want everyone to know they are welcome to hail a ride in our iconic, beautiful vehicle.”

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Taxi advertising firm Ubiquitious, who paid for the entire transformation of the cab, said they were pleased to “deliver an important message” through the eye-catching design, which includes information on how Londoners can report homophobic and transphobic crime through the Report It website.

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