Gay Pride

Getting Bi Isn't Enough: Bisexuals Must Feel Welcome At Pride

Steve Taylor | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

We - as Pride organisers - need to do more. We need to tell performers that their tired old tropes poking fun at bisexuals, trans people - in fact, anyone in our community - are unacceptable. With foresight into their acts, we probably shouldn't be booking them in the first place.

Pride Goes To Pride

Jenny Skelton | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Skelton

Confused? Join the club. I set up Disability Pride Brighton (the first Disability Pride in England) last year after one of my adopted disabled children suffered an incident of disability discrimination. It snowballed into a wildly successful festival which was held in July and which turned out to be one of the best days of my life.

The Pride Flag Has No Grey

Elizabeth McGregor | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth McGregor

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. That wasn't so long ago. Not so long ago it was a crime to be gay. Not so long ago people couldn't bear to acknowledge it to family, friends, society, even themselves. And here we were on the streets of Brighton, lovers openly embracing, revellers adorned in whatever the hell they liked, and there was nothing but love.

This Weekend Is The First 'UK Pride'. Here's Why It Matters

Steve Taylor | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Britain now holds the record for having the most Pride events in Europe. At the last count we've got way over 100, possibly approaching 120, and this weekend brand new Prides take place in Bideford in Devon and in Eastbourne in East Sussex. Over the course of the year, millions of people across the UK will visit a Pride. And that's something to celebrate.

15 Reasons The First Isle Of Wight Pride Was A Triumph

Steve Taylor | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

The Parade was huge - and it was probably the biggest Parade I've ever seen at an inaugural Pride. Groups included the fire service, Sainsbury's, the Labour Party and lots more. I was privileged to be in the open top bus at the front of the Parade - and as we reached the bottom of the hill, and looked back, there were people as far as the eye could see.

Why We Take Our Kids To Celebrate Pride

Cassie Pearse | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Last weekend we took our kids to celebrate Pride, as we do every year. When we told them what we were doing, our son, who is just five, responded with, "why do we always have to do adult things, why can't we do kid things sometimes?''

Sticks And Stones?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Successive governments recognise the importance of investing in children's mental health, and the role of schools in developing wellbeing and recognising mental health needs. Yet the figures don't indicate enough of an improvement.

LGBTQ Children's Experiences Prove Why We Still Need Pride

Javed Khan | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Things have come a long way. Public attitudes towards LGBTQ people have improved over the last few years and we're slowly seeing better representation of our country's diversity, both in the media and in politics.

Here's Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Pride Parade

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Pride in London and is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. The first London Pride was held in 1...

This Is How LGBT Pride Began In 1972

Peter Tatchell | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Peter Tatchell

Looking back over the last five decades, Pride has grown from a march with less than a thousand people to a march, rally and festival attended by hundreds of thousands of revellers. But the battle for equality isn't over yet. Our rights must continue. Let's have a fabulous, fun Pride but let's also send out a political message: We want full freedom, justice and equality!

Do We Need Pride Any More?

Andrew Grey | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Grey

Of course, a few Pride marches and events won't resolve all these issues or bring equality overnight. But when anyone, straight or LGBT, takes part in Pride, they send a message that LGBT people clearly - perhaps desperately - need to hear: you don't need to feel shame for who you love.

Why We're Taking Our Kids To Pride

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Pride enables LGBT parents to show their children that families like ours are not unusual, and that we can be proud of who we are. And the message seems to get through - at least it did for Shoshana, now in her twenties, who went to Pride throughout her childhood with her two mums.

What's There To Be Proud About?

Krishen Samuel | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

Are we proud of the obvious flouting of transgender rights across the globe? In 2017, the radiance of our substantial progress is eclipsed by the darkness of repressive systems that aim to change us, to make us 'normal'. This does not leave me feeling particularly proud.

Neo-Nazis Are Threatening A Pride This Weekend. We Must Act

Steve Taylor | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Steve Taylor

Can you imagine a European capital city where the annual LGBTI Pride event was being threatened by neo-Nazi dunderheads and the city stood by and took...

Do We Still Need Pride In 2017?

Olivia Jones | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Jones

I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, 'you don't look like a lesbian', which to me is like saying to someone in plain clothes, 'you don't look like a police officer'. If only there was a uniform we could all decide on so you'd be able to see us coming, we tried dungarees but then they came back in fashion, same with chinos and camouflage

Pride And Shame

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adrienne Macartney

Not pride and back slapping well done all rounds. I don't want my grief to be sanitised with commercialised celebrations of exaggerated unity. Keep your coloured bit of rainbow cloth. I do not want it. It means little to me. My reality and lived experience do not relate to it.

Whether Partying Or Protesting, It's Pride Season. Let's Be Proud!

Steve Taylor | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Like all Prides, Pride in London is still a protest. This year, you'll see protests about the lack of equal marriage in Northern Ireland. The spousal veto for trans people. The fact that men who have sex with men still face hurdles that prevent them giving blood. About PrEP, Chechnya, LGBT+ refugees and lots of other issues.

Why The Global Fight For LGBT Equality Starts At Home

Liam Beattie | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Liam Beattie

The rights of LGBT people to live free from, discrimination and fear are far from won. Visibility is our strength in challenging discriminatory attitudes both at home and overseas. The fight for justice continues and with that so should our sheer determination to do something about it. In the words of Conchita Wurst, "We are unity and we are unstoppable".

Eurovision: It's Not 'Gay Christmas' For LGBT+ Ukrainians

Steve Taylor | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Steve Taylor

We'll see a sanitised Kiev on our screens this weekend, with Eurovision taking place in a huge arena with a massive security operation that will show you nothing of the reality of the situation outside. There will certainly be 'high camp', and it might well be 'gay Christmas', but only inside the arena.

Chechnya: The Clock Is Ticking And We Have A Month

Steve Taylor | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Steve Taylor

Until governments act, and these abuses can be brought to an end, we are all nervously relying on the heroes at the Russian LGBT Network who are putting their own lives at risk, and those of their families and friends, to evacuate those at risk from Chechnya. Removing people to a place of safety is not an easy job, and nor is it something that can be done without funds.

Why We Must Protest About LGBT+ Abuse In Chechnya

Steve Taylor | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Steve Taylor

The reason we're protesting tonight is because London - and the UK - must show that it will not sit back while human rights abuses are perpetrated on our European doorstep. We can't celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality if we ignore the persecution of LGBT+ people today.

The NUS Is Right To Ask The Police Not To Attend Pride

Jess Bradley | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Bradley

In order to ensure that Pride events are safe and accessible to all LGBT people, including those who have experienced police violence, I will be saying to Pride organisers: have individual police at Pride, but ask them to leave their badge and uniform at home.

To The Previous Generations Of LGBT Activists: Thank You

Liam Beattie | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

Upon taking a peek into the archives of our modern political history, it's easy to forget the significant progress our nation has made in overhauling discriminatory laws and policies towards the LGBT community and most importantly, shaping the views of society at large.

Whether LGBT+ Or Straight, You Have A Duty To Come To Pride In 2017

Steve Taylor | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Come to celebrate, and to party. Come to show support for the millions of young people unsure of their sexuality. Come to support the hundreds of campaigning organisations and charities in the parades and running stalls. Come to show solidarity with the billions of people worldwide who don't enjoy the freedoms you do.

The Isle of Wight Needs Pride, Not Homophobia

Steve Taylor | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Steve Taylor

You'd think, six months on from the Pulse nightclub massacre in Florida, that even the most ignorant person would have a greater awareness of the hatred still faced by the LGBT+ community. Sadly, a columnist on a British regional newspaper has disproved that theory with a vengeance.