To another year of pride.
The Pride season has once again taken a hold around London, as we start to see flags flying, crowds cheering and parades running.
Pride in London is well known across the UK as being the biggest LGBTI pride celebration in the country, with a massive area of central London being closed entirely to traffic in order to run the events of the weekend. A busy parade makes its way from Trafalgar Square to Regent street in the usual loud and colorful fashion and keeps the crowds cheering in celebration of another year being themselves, and being proud.
This year’s pride celebrations started off on a more somber note when compared to the years gone by, as a reflection on the massacre which took place in Orlando recently was held for a few moments to commemorate those who had lost their lives, living proudly. These past weeks since the Pulse shootings have been filled with news headlines of death and despair and have ordinarily focused on the political agenda all in office seem have in mind constantly: ISIS-based terrorism. Here at AGM, although we are here to talk about Pride in London, we feel it is important to make a note and put forward our outlook on the situation across the world. Our resounding feeling is yes, the massacre was indeed a terrorist act by definition, however we do not believe it was ISIS motivated – the brutal murder of 49 innocent civilians was instead a hate crime of stunning proportions. We, and I specifically, look at the Orlando shooting as an attack not just on humanity, but an attack on the LGBTI community and all it stands for.
Now is the time to stand together and be proud, in memory of those who lost their lives on a night out – those who expected to be home in the early hours of the morning but never returned.
Pride in London this year is bigger than ever as a result of the murders in Orlando and the recent EU referendum result (leaving the UK leaving the EU: a point we’ll talk about a length shortly). The parade is a mix of celebrations and peaceful protest as the LGBTI community demands something to be done to remedy the UK’s current predicament. Now is not the time to separate ourselves from a peace project, instead it is a time to come together and work towards a common goal.
This year at Pride is different, it’s more political. This year we are fighting for those in countries who don’t have a voice, too afraid to utter their truth and embrace a life with #nofilter. This year, make Pride one we will remember forever, as being the most open and inclusive Pride we have had to date.