In 2019, Stonewall celebrated our 30th birthday by going to over 30 Prides!
We spoke to families, party-goers, LGBT people and allies in small towns and big cities up and down the country. We asked staff to tell us why Pride still matters to them.
Calu - Southend Pride
Southend Pride was lovely despite the weather – it was pouring with rain at one point, but everyone still had very high spirits! It was quite a family-orientated day; one particularly heartwarming moment was seeing a couple with their child, all of them wearing the bi flag!
Pride is still such an important day to celebrate.
What was also wonderful was seeing a number of teenagers and young people that had come with their friends, parents, or sometimes alone, and how happy they were to be in such an accepting and welcoming environment. Some of them felt comfortable enough to tell us about their experiences of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia at school, which just reinforced why Pride is still such an important day to celebrate.
Yaz - UK Black Pride
There was a time in my life where I felt like I was the only one. It enriched my spirit to be surrounded by LGBT people who look like me who share my passion, my heritage, my pride - and who looked damn good while doing it!
There was a moment at the end of UK Black Pride, where people where getting ready to leave the safety of the park, some wiping off make-up, slipping off heels, tucking away flags - putting their masks back on to go back into hiding. After the joyous celebrations of our community during that day, it was a stark reminder of just how vital safe spaces like UK Black Pride are, because they finally allow us to be wholly ourselves, wholly free.
Nick and Neil - Oxford Pride
A particular moment that stayed with me was a parent proudly buying a ‘Some People Are Non-Binary – Get Over It’ t-shirt for their child who was there with them. Some young people can face immense challenges coming out to their parents, but it was reassuring to hear such warm stories of acceptance and it gave me hope to see so many young people at Pride with visible support from parents.
Molly - Bi Pride UK
Spending the day at Bi Pride, talking to bi community groups and seeing families, kids and friends enjoying a safe and welcoming space was amazing. A moment that sticks with me, is hearing from a bi man whose family had come out to support him - he was married, and had two kids who all loved and celebrated his identity.
The sense of community and visibility at Bi Pride UK was heartening.
We just don't see enough representation of bi people living a family life, or any kind of life - out, proud and visible - it reminded me that things are changing for our community. Far too slowly, but surely. The sense of community and visibility at Bi Pride UK was heartening.
At Prides this summer, over a thousand people shared their #HopeForLGBTEquality.