On 6th July we travelled down to London for one of the biggest events within the LGBT+ community in the UK – the Pride in London Parade. We arrived in the afternoon and got the tube into Westminster station where we joined the crowds to watch the parade from the end of its course near Trafalgar Square. The whole day was filled with celebration, acceptance as well as being a protest for the rights of the community – we agreed that it was truly one of the most amazing and special days we’ve ever had.
As a proud member of the LGBT+ community, this day was a beautiful experience. I’d never been to a pride event until London 2019, and it was a truly amazing day. I’ve explored my sexuality and my comfort with it both with you reading this magazine and in private, but I’ve only recently felt comfortable enough with it to be able to share it with others and spend a day celebrating it. People come to Pride for so many reasons, and I went to celebrate my sexuality, and to celebrate love in general. My wonderful partner Tee and I had a splendid time, and it feels amazing to visit a celebration of love with someone you love. The rainbow shines brightly and proudly for everyone, and it is so beautiful to see love shared by everyone, regardless of identity. JH
Pride in London 2019 was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Although I had attended the event many times when I was little and living in London, it was only going back after a few years where I really fully appreciated just how amazing it is to be surrounded by the love and happiness shared by the community. Amongst a sea of rainbow flags and glitter, every single person was filled with joy and a true sense of everyone embracing who they are with pride – this time felt like the most special. While I’m not directly part of the LGBT+ community, it was so lovely to show my admiration attending Pride as an ‘ally’, supporting such wonderful people and, of course, my partner Josh (whom I am very proud of and so grateful I could experience his first pride event with him). TW