London held it's annual pride this year along with UK Black Pride- an event for all to empower and embrace diversity.
Despite speaking out on equality issues such as fascism and homophobia over the past few years, this was my first pride. I didn't expect to spend the whole day there due to a heavy "to-do" list waiting at home but I couldn't bring myself to leave - the day just kept getting better and better.
Baker Street was bustling. This is where the march began. The vibrance and colour like no other. The unity displayed was wide-ranging. From almost every institution, age-group, faith group etc, there were representatives showing solidarity.
Thousands of people made an effort to not only be at the march but dress up in elaborately to add to the upbeat atmosphere felt throughout the street. The sun was shining making it even more perfect.
UK Black Pride held a fantastic event following the march with outstanding performances from Rachel Adedeji, Ceo Dancers, AJAH UK, J Mase III and others
I was asked if I could do a speech as a Hindu woman alongside faith leaders from the Muslim and Buddhist community - a complete honour for me.
At first I wasn't sure what to say as I do not self-define as LGBT but then I felt it right to say simply what was in my heart. I am a Hindu woman meaning I believe in God. God is life. And life is humanity. Though I do not self-define as LGBT, seeing the positivity amongst those at UK Black Pride, and the kindness shown to one another as people, I feel faith inside of me. Any person of God, and any person of humanity would say the same. So I thank everyone who I met, old friends and new for giving me this.
A one-minute silence followed the speech to remember all those who fought in the struggle for equality.
The organisers of UK Black Pride and London Pride should be truly proud of themselves and commended for the work they have put in. People who attended the event definitely went away from the day feeling positive, and it is positivity which is integral to overcome any problems faced with inequality. Thank you for the inspiring and exciting day, I hope to be at next year's event!
Peace and Love.
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