It has been a really hectic week. As you can tell I haven’t posted in a while. But this post will be all about what I got up to last weekend ! PRIDE! This is an event I have ALWAYS wanted to attend. But never managed to go to. This was my first time. And I absoloutely LOVED it!
“Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world”
That is the opening paragraph which can be found on the wiki page. This day couldn’t have brought more happiness and love and contentment to the streets of London if it tried. I don’t think I have ever felt so safe before in my own home town and that really speaks to me.
For years sexuality more importantly, homosexuality has been slammed, shamed and disregarded. It really grounded me and made me appreciate all the brilliant people who turned up and supported the wonderful people who took part in Pride.
On Saturday 8th July, I went with 2 girls from my work which being around great friends of my own just heightened the experience, but we all agreed it was truly those around us and the atmosphere of the day that made the experience what it was.
Over a million people turned up to celebrate with people from all over the country and the World, to come together, not just to celebrate the sexuality or genders of those people but to also celebrate the freedom and how far we have come.
Although this is a positive note, I cannot help but think how miserable it is knowing that this wasn’t always the case. People were legally murdered, tortured (still are in some countries) and disowned by their families for not following a conventional societal conformity. I admire these people I feel empowered by other empowered people and I hope to see much more progress and change continuing moving further in this future.
Oxford Street was packed with vibrant colours and lively music with dancing singing and laughing. The weather couldn’t have been better and the experience is one I will never forget.
Finishing off the evening in Soho, we bumped into people and made some friends. Got talking and had a great end to the day. I will always remember this day and remember what it means for people.
If you want to get involved next year I would highly recommend doing that! Or go to Pride in Brighton it is the first week of August!!! Coming up soon.
If you went to Pride, or have been previously, let me know what your experiences were in the comments below!!