Yesterday was Bristol Pride, and it’s the day in the year that I always look forward to it! I had a lovely day filled with lots of flags and good people (and walking). I first went to Pride in 2017 – and that was my first official Pride event. I couldn’t go last year because I was on holiday with my family and we didn’t get back until the day after (woe is me). But this made me more excited about Bristol Pride this year – and I had a lovely day!
Here are some things I loved about this years Pride:
- The atmosphere: Bristol Pride had a lovely atmosphere, and I felt so safe during Pride because I had a whole community behind me (plus I was marching with my youth group, so I know they would have my back if anything bad happened to me).
- All the flags: What I love about Pride is seeing all the flags, and that’s mostly because I’m a massive flag nerd.
- The people: All the people I saw / met / interacted with at Pride were lovely, so it added to my enjoyment of the event because I love seeing complete strangers and friends showing pride.
- Togetherness: Pride is about supporting all members of the LGBTQ+ – not just during Pride season, but all year – because pride is all year round. The chance to be my authentic, queer self around other members of the LGBTQ+ community added to my sense of Pride, which I also try and practice every day.
- The signs/chants: I did see some signs and partake in some chants because we still have a long way to go in terms of having rights. Because equality takes standing up to people who are actively and openly homophobic/transphobic etc, we are reminding ourselves that Pride was originally a riot. The chants I did at Bristol Pride created a real sense of togetherness and community, which is a nice reminder given the current political climate surrounding our community.
- The Location: To celebrate 10 years of Bristol Pride (and 50 years since the Stonewall Riots), Bristol Pride was located at The Downs. Besides being a convenient spot for leaving (for me at least, since I can walk home from there), it is just a lovely location – and it really added to the overall atmosphere.
What I’m trying to say is that Bristol Pride was a blast, and it’ll continue to be my favorite event of the year. It’s such a great event for the reason listed above – but the biggest reason for my enjoyment was the people I spent time with. I’m already looking forward to the next Bristol Pride event because I really enjoyed this year, and I’ve already planned for what I’m doing next year for Pride season. Here’s to the next season of Pride!