Okay so today was just ridiculously awesome! After days of excitement, I finally went to my first pride! But not only that, I actually walked with the parade holding a stick with a board (I really don’t remember what it is called). The purpose of these boards where (sorry if I used the wrong one) to raise awareness and remind people that there is extreme homophobia in other countries, which I thought was a brilliant idea! We walked from The Brighton Pier to Preston park, where there where (sorry) several stalls, rides and singers. The walk took about 3 hours and was just one hell of an atmosphere to be soaked up. As I held up my placard (I think thats what they’re called) spectators where cheering us on, as well as the other floats and parade members. It was really beautiful just seeing the way people reacted to this, from cheers of support to tears of sympathy. The whole event was an all rounder and it just made me awfully proud to be a part of a large, diverse and supportive community. Everywhere I looked was a sight to behold!
Whilst I was enjoying hours of singing and dancing with strangers, taking pictures with amazing people, I was distracted from my emotions and once I got home they really caught up with me!!
For the first time ever I cried happy-tears!! I’d never felt so happy…ever. Attending Pride just gave me so much hope for myself and all the unfortunate beautiful people out there! It made me realise that although I was going through a rough patch, I still had a lot more waiting for me! After all I am only 18, its not like its the end of my journey! I sat down on my sofa crying and texting friends telling them I was so happy and overwhelmed by the excitement of today!
I guess I really did soak up the atmosphere!!
I have no knowledge of legal rights, so I’m just going to say that this is not my image! It was taken by Chris Jepson, you can follow him on twitter @ChrisJepson
Also, I would love it if you checked out my video on my Youtube Channel. I currently don’t have the correct equipment to regurlarly post videos. But with you’re help to get me more recognized and allow me to raise awareness on a wider platform, I soon may be able to! Below is the link. Enjoy!
Youtube link: Link to video: http://youtu.be/eq8sa8VHtAo