Over the Pride period, we asked some of our team, why #PrideMatters to them:
“Pride matters to me because the political climate even in 2018 can be intimidating and unwelcoming – Pride is a chance for the LGBTQ+ community to express their solidarity and support in the face of oppression and threats to our freedom and way of life. So long as there is injustice for any member of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide, there will always be Pride.”
Dale Mundell, Programme Manager.
“Some 30 plus years ago when being gay, or being different, in a northern town meant you hid your true self, that I never envisaged that the opportunity to take part in one of the most important events of the year would present itself, Pride Matters to me more so than ever. In the face of objection, hatred and misunderstanding it is important to know that I am supported.”
John Dugdale, Operations Manager.
“Pride for me is a very new experience. In my home country it’s still illegal to be gay. Being able to celebrate the community in a country that embraces our diversity, our differences, our victories, our hero’s and our future as a community is beyond words. It fills me with immense joy we can come together as one unified and unapologetic community.”
Anthony Hunte, Progamme and Volunteer Manager.
“Pride for me is a moment of real life and tangible connection to a community and a society that can often feel isolated and individualistic. It reminds me of the humanity within my sexuality.”
Oli O’Donohoe, Wandsworth Outreach Mentor
“Pride to me is about recognition, education and community. Working with young people I hear time and again concerns from students who are worried about being “abnormal”, and feeling as if they’re all alone. Pride is an opportunity for all people to see the community that exists; for acceptance to be demonstrated; and for diversity to be celebrated.”
Cat Archer, Young Person’s Sexual Health Coordinator – Merton