If you haven't already seen the plentiful rainbows around you then you must be living under a rock! This weekend is one of my favourite weekends of the year... LONDON PRIDE.
This year marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, and 3 years since the UK voted to legalise same-sex marriage, giving same-sex couples the same legal rights as straight ones.
It is a walk full of glitter, celebration, love and togetherness but most importantly full of people wanting an equal footing in society. Pride provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.
The annual Parade through the heart of the West End gives people a chance to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed.
I have been going every year for a while now with my favs but this year I am switching things up by going with people from work as they have float which sounds super fun!
I'm Straight, Why is Pride Important To Me?
Well it's pretty simple... I believe in freedom and I believe in equality. My family members always ask me why I go and sometimes why I make a big deal out of it. I debate why they should come with me year on year and honestly it is because of the hate I witnessed for a moment when I first went to Pride.
My cousins and I were walking when we saw a group of people calling themselves christians that had banners up calling the LGBT+ community abominations and that they would burn in hell also stating that God did not love them. This hurt me! Being Christian myself, I thought why are these people twisting something that brings me so much peace into a religion of hate. They were so angry.
I started speaking to one of the guys leading the group and he quoted bible verses thinking I don't know my bible. Well boy - we basically had a bible quote slanging match. He twisted so many verses to suit what he was trying to preach and would not acknowledge the fact that he picked bits and pieces to suit his message and stupid banners.
I was happy to shut him down. (That isn't them by the way - picture is for effect LOL)
God is a God of peace, love, strength and freedom! In the 10 commandments it states CLEARLY to treat people as you would like to be treated (as far as I know, noone likes being called an abomination). For those who want to judge people's lives - it also states that we should not judge (so those know it alls... keep your beak out and let people live). Yes, I fully acknowledge that there are verses in the bible that are homophobic which gives these fun-haters a reason in their head to shout out hate. However, from my stand point - it is not anyone's business to judge another person's life.
My greatest moment was seeing a vicar on the same daywho spoke to me about how he welcomes everyone is his church and was at Pride to show his support. It just proved to me that I wasn't in the wrong and if anything, I wanted people to know that God is love.
That is why it is important to me - noone deserves to be judged and love wins always!
The Low Down on Pride London:
This year’s Pride in London parade takes place on Saturday, 8 July. It starts at 1pm, and takes a 1.4-mile (2.3km) route starting north of Oxford Circus on Regent Street.
The busiest area tends to be around Oxford Circus, so try and pick a quieter spot such as lower down on Regent Street to get a good view.
Main stage in Trafalgar Square
- Enjoy a day full of music and inspirational speakers in Trafalgar Square from 12pm to 8pm.
- Key performers include Glee's Amber Riley, X Factor stars Saara Aalto and Fleur East, The London Gay Big Band and Pride’s Got Talent finalists.
- Pick up a drink from one of the pop-up bars that have been set up for the day within the square.
Entrance is free but you can make a donation to Pride in London to ensure it can continue to be a free event.
Visit the Radio Diva Women's Stage in Leicester Square supported by AB InBev and Vodafone – here, you'll see performances by Heather Peace, Betty, and Pride in London 2017's Godmother, Sinitta, from 12.30pm until 7.30pm.
Head to the Illumination family area in Golden Square from 12.30pm to 7pm, where the creators of the Despicable Me films host fun activities and performances.
Enjoy top-class acts at the Cabaret Stage in Dean Street, including Adam All, Jacqui Swallows and Ren Stedmans, from 12.30pm until 7.30pm.
Browse the community stalls in Soho Square for clothing and merchandise from 12pm until 8pm.
If you miss the parade on Saturday 8 July, head to Vauxhall on the following day to enjoy Pride in the Park, which is run in conjunction with UK Black Pride 😍
Follow us on Instagram: MymillaUK for our live feed at Pride this weekend <3
Mymilla is all about love!