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Wed 18 March 2020:

London’s first-ever Muslim LGBTQI pride event has been postponed until at least the winter, following new UK government advice on the global coronavirus pandemic.

The “ImaanFest” – which was due to take place on 11 April – has been rescheduled to take place in December 2020.

“Because of the fast-moving situation and uncertainty around how the pandemic will evolve, we’ve taken the difficult decision to postpone the event until Sat 12th December 2020,” event organisers Imaan LGBTQI Muslim Support said in a statment posted to Twitter on Monday.

The group added that those who had purchased tickets could seek a refund if required.

The ImaanFest was set to be a celebration of Imaan’s 20th anniversary, hosting a range of workshops on sexuality, intersectional identities, exhibitions and an afterparty with live entertainment.

Its postponement came just hours after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced more stringent government advice over the novel coronavirus.

Johnson, who has been criticised for his light touch approach to the pandemic, stopped short of enforcing any of the new advice by law.

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