On 3 July, GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, will be handing out free condoms and lube in designer travelcard wallets to the thousands of party-goers at Pride London. So if you’re planning to take the fun back to the bedroom on Pride night, be sure to stock up on your safer sex essentials.
The condom-holding travelcard wallets encourage men to ‘Ride Safely’. With a funky new red design, which supports the Pride theme of ‘painting the town ruby red’, the wallets are a must-have accessory for gay guys around town this Summer. You can pick them up from GMFA volunteers along the parade route, or from the GMFA stall at Trafalgar Square. GMFA’s volunteers will be kitted out in ruby red T-shirts and will march with placards emblazoned with safer sex messages.
The ‘robotic’ gay motif for the T-shirts and wallets was designed by Lazaros Kakoulidis, a design student at the London College of Communication. He won GMFA’s competition to find a contemporary design fitting for this year’s Pride parade.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, says: “Pride is a time for fun, celebration and meeting friends, old and new. It’s important to have condoms and lube on hand should you need them, which is why we’re proud to be handing them out on the day. Pride celebrates our community and, as a community, it is important that we take care of ourselves and of each other. Using condoms and lube if you f**k is the best way to protect yourself and others against HIV and many other STIs.”