I would rather have a well-meaning nation with liberal principles that sometimes go awry than those nations with no well-meaning intentions in the first place. One thing is for sure, freedom is good for LGBT people and being under the cultural influence of the US is better than the alternatives for all of our freedoms.
I am currently proud to be working with a company that is allowing us to implement millennial thinking using millennial thinking. It is not about making change, it is about accepting that the world has already changed. That diversity, inclusion, colloboration, and giving a damn are not nice to haves. They are how it works now.
The DUP, whilst the largest, Unionist Party, do not speak for all of Unionism. Nor do they represent the Protestant population of Northern Ireland. There is a growing appetite in this region for full equality, and the struggle must include those Unionist who are already fully paid-up members of the progressive agenda.
When I heard the incredible news that marriage is now legal regardless of gender in the USA, it reminded me of something that occurred to me recently - we are the first generation of parents that can describe marriage exactly as it is, an expression and celebration of the love two people have for each another, regardless of gender and sexuality, without exclusions.
Coming off the stage after possibly turning the air a bit blue with my acceptance speech (keep it real I thought!), lots of people were coming up to me to say thanks and tell me how inspiring my speech was, heaping praise on me and generally saying lovely things - now this is something I find incredibly difficult to accept.
The seismic shift in the UK's view on LGBT people has transformed the experience of Pride from protest to parade. Bystanders no longer jeer and stare open mouthed- they cheer and celebrate with us on this day of overt visibility and expression. This is to be welcomed in a world where many are still ridiculed, persecuted and killed for being LGBT.