We Still Need Pride

Last weekend, Little Mix band member, Jade Thirwall, gave us all a fabulous surprise when she made an appearance at Manchester Pride where she marched with Stonewall during the parade.

Jade was quoted saying: “yesterday was one of the best and most inspiring days of my life,” she said “ marching in Manchester Pride with these incredible young people with Stonewall is a memory will cherish forever.  Let us never stop fighting for equality”.

Shortly after the Little Mix star posted a picture on her Instagram showing her support at the Pride event one of her fans decided to comment on Jade’s Instagram account questioning why gay people need a Pride march to celebrate their sexuality.

“Can anyone explain why you have to be proud of your sexuality? I mean OK, gay people can do anything they love but I am not proud I am straight so why are they proud of being gay?” the fan wrote.

As a true supporter of the LGBT community Jade replied giving a perfect explanation of why she believes the LGBT community still needs to celebrate who they are:  “because luckily for you, you have never had to experience hate, discrimination or prejudice for being straight”. The LGBT community has had to and still continues to fight for equal rights worldwide. So to openly be yourself and love who you want to love is certainly something to be incredibly proud of” she replied.

It seems that there are still a number of heterosexual people who still do not realise the prejudice and discrimination that many gay people experience and that there is still a long way to go before the LGBT community is fully accepted in modern society.

Gay Lawyers sees discrimination in the community as an on-going problem which sees many members of the LGBT community still being discriminated against for, effectively, just being themselves, be it at the workplace, at a restaurant or even on public transport. Pride marches are now more important than ever to show solidarity. 

Whilst society still has a long way to go, there has been progress since the first Pride event in 1970.  It is doubtful if quite so much would have been accomplished without the high profile of the Pride marches achieve in many countries throughout the world. The courage of the early campaigners and stand-out individuals like Quentin Crisp who refused to conceal their sexuality, should not be underestimated.  The bravery of those individuals is emulated today in people such as Peter Tatchell who deliberately put themselves in harm’s way to highlight the plight of gay people living in certain countries under regimes that view homosexuality as a crime.

The changing and more tolerant attitudes exhibited in many countries is as a direct result of such things as the wide support that Pride marches attract which is why such events must be supported by all right-minded people.

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