London pride celebrates the progress England has made towards the tolerance and acceptance that has been achieved by the LGBT community. Whilst there are ways to go it is essential to stop and enjoy what we have. Pride is most likely the biggest party on London’s calendar, annually shutting down the roads between Regents park and Soho. Please enjoy some of the fun from Pride 2017.
I’d like to try to avoid the stereotypes of the over-the-top flamboyant gay men and try to focus on the unity, tolerance and societal progress of Pride. The Parade goes from Regents Park past the BBC HQ, down regents street, through Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square. It is incredibly well decorated with the rainbow flags on everything with many people and groups endorsing the event.
So I have lied a little, I have reverted to the stereotypes of flamboyant gay men as they are part of the group and are very much part of the parade so below is a man wearing a suite decorated with photos of other very handsome topless men and younger man with a rainbow flag being used as straw whilst he blows a kiss to the camera.
The Parade, as is everything that costs money in London, is supported by a variety of corporate interests. I understand that the parade is made better when there is more to enjoy but supermarkets, banks, sweets, accountants and lawyers are still as welcoming to the bigots who use their products and services as they are to the LGBT community making their endorsement feel more like being on the bandwagon than a protest to the higher powers against discrimination. I feel that the photo below demonstrates these feelings well as Tesco fail to think for more than 2 seconds of how it’s own self promotion could backfire as their bravia like rainbow smoke screen became an ugly grey mess that makes Regents screen look like the scene of fire.
I also realise that there are many people who work in all fields who have to struggle with their own sexuality and it is satisfying to know that at least their own corporate structure isn’t against them. Well done to those corporations who do welcome minorities, don’t intend to discriminate and are openly supporting their LGBT employees. As a final thought I would like to commend those who have been able to come out to their family, friends and community following what would have been a torturous period of self doubt. To those who are still struggling there is plenty of assistance and support and hopefully the above shows that there are hundreds of thousands of people who wish you the best along with many employers who state that they will not discriminate. As a second final thought I would reiterate the poster in the first photo, Love is Love.