Pride

June brought us a fantastic month for pride events, one of the events being Suffolk Pride! We have a couple of articles featured in this month’s publication discussing Suffolk pride from some attendees. This year celebrates 50 years since the Stonewall riots, thanks to those brave and proud 200 patrons we have PRIDE and rights… Read more »

by LeanneArnold 1 year ago

June brought us a fantastic month for pride events, one of the events being Suffolk Pride! We have a couple of articles featured in this month’s publication discussing Suffolk pride from some attendees.

This year celebrates 50 years since the Stonewall riots, thanks to those brave and proud 200 patrons we have PRIDE and rights that we may never have achieved. There is still so much work to do but with attending events such as these we are making a stand and showing people that we are proud and are just as entitled to equal rights as the rest of them. 

Suffolk Pride may be over, but, PRIDE as a whole isn’t over yet! We still have all the fantastic events of July (hmmm it’s not like there’s many to choose from…)

JULY’S EVENTS

Bristol Pride – 01.07.19 
Fife Pride – 06.07.19
Macclesfield Pride – 06.07.19
Pride in London – 06.07.19
Tameside Pride – 06.07.19
Brighton Dog Pride – 07.07.19
Bourne Free Pride – 12.07.19
Rotherham Pride – 13.07.19
Worksop Pride – 13.07.19
Worthing Pride – 13.07.19
Barnsley Pride Fest – 14.07.19
L Fest (Bodafon Farm Park) – 19.07.19
Brighton Trans Pride – 20.07.19
Folkestone Pride – 20.07.19
Congleton Pride – 20.07.19
Isle of Wight Pride – 20.07.19
Morecambe Pride – 20.07.19
Pride in Hull – 20.07.19
Eastbourne Pride – 20.07.19
Chesterfield Pride – 21.07.19
Happy Valley Pride – 22.07.19
Belfast Gay Pride – 26.07.19
Weymouth & Portland Pride – 26.07.19
Oldham Pride – 27.07.19
Pride in Liverpool – 27.07.19
Pride in Sheffield – 27.07.19
West Lothian Pride – 27.07.19
Weston Super Mare Pride – 27.07.19
Norwich Pride – 27.07.19
Nottingham Pride – 27.07.19
Malvern Pride – 27.07.19
Romford Pride – 27.07.19
Salisbury Pride – 27.07.19
Stockport Pride -28.07.19

THE HISTORY OF GAY PRIDE

When gay pride was coined in 1970 there was much discussion on what it should be called. Initially the idea of ‘gay power’ was toyed with, however as committee member Craig L. Schoonmaker stated, ‘people did not have power then; and even now we only have some’ it was stated that ‘anyone can have pride in themselves irrespective of others thoughts and misconceptions’. That’s how the committee came to decide on ‘gay pride’ – a name coined to produce movement and change for the LGBTQ+ community. 

EXPLOITATION?

We have an article this month about how gay pride can be exploited by retailers and companies; the pride flag is a well recognised symbol amongst society now. Most of us know what it stands for, so when companies throw the gay flag colours onto their branding initially it looks amazing and supportive. However, what I have come to notice is that many companies and retailers aren’t supporting the cause without making money from it first. 

This year I have only noticed one retailer supporting pride in a suitable way, giving the impression that exploitation isn’t their motive. Using the pride colours they created new items for consumers to buy, however they also donated millions to pride charities – my message here isn’t a quest for money. It is to always make sure that your support is being received in the correct way, pride isn’t here to be exploited, it is here due to a high amount of lost lives, historically and still today. 

We need more support and equal rights for people within the LGBTQ+ community. 

Student Life have and always will support and stand with the LGBTQ+ community. Inclusively and exclusively.