Last weekend, the lovely people at Thomas Cook Airlines (http://www.thomascookairlines.com/) asked me to go check out Brighton Pride, of which they were a big sponsor this year. Of course I didn’t turn down the invite and I’m very glad that I went.
Obviously, I took a long time getting ready and took an obligatory ‘selfie’ before I left…
I hadn’t been to Pride in about 5 years (before it was a ticketed event) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. To my surprise, it was like a proper festival: big main stage and a few big tents. I don’t know why I had it in my mind that it wouldn’t be to the scale it was but I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t end up getting to Preston Park until a bit later on in the day but was there in time to see Ms Dynamite rock it on stage.
The atmosphere is hard to put into words. There was an overwhelming sense of acceptance. No one seemed to bat an eyelid at some of the outlandish outfits that were worn, but there was definitely a lot of admiration. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me and my phone battery was questionable so I didn’t get to take many photos but on hindsight, I should have photographed the fashion (I really need to try harder with this packing lark and take my camera everywhere).
It felt like the day was building to something great, and that it did. The Human League headlined. Now, I’ve seen them perform once before and they were better this time than when I saw them at the Hop Farm music festival a few years ago. I think this was mainly down to the audience and stage size. At Hop Farm, they played on one of the smaller stages and despite the tent busting at the seams with people, it doesn’t compare to playing a main stage in front of thousands of adoring fans. Even when they finished playing, the crowd carried on singing the night away and there was something quite special about walking out of Pride with hoards of people singing different Human League songs.
Brighton Pride is about equality between the LBGTQ community and the heterosexuals. It’s about love, not gender. Pride helps to remind people of that which is so important. There are many countries around the world where homosexuality is still illegal or not socially acceptable. Hopefully the rest of the world will catch up with Brighton’s attitude towards it.
I know this blog post is up a bit late and in a different style to usual, but I’ve been incredibly busy the past week or so travelling between Brighton/Eastbourne and Stoke-on-Trent. With this in mind, I’ve decided to try out the Blogger app on my phone and am currently writing this on the train back down south and I haven’t quite worked out how to use it properly. I will edit it when I get to a laptop!
Did any of you guys go to Pride? What did you think?
Oodles of love…