The date was 28th June 1969, the place was The Stonewall Inn, NYC. Attending a “gay establishment” was not allowed, however on this day, it took a brave member of the LGBTQ+ community to stand up to the law, which caused the gay liberation movement.
Fast forward 50 years, and we are celebrating Pride all throughout the world, and never forgetting the Stonewall movement. This year, I was incredibly honoured to be invited by Action on Hearing Loss to march in Pride in London. Admittedly, I lived in the capital for a few years, and I never had attended Pride in London, until this year, and boy was it worth it!
Firstly, I was met by the amazing Action on Hearing Loss team, and we devoured a breakfast, and started to put on our war paint (AKA pride flags on our faces) and smothered ourselves in glitter.
We took to the streets marching with banners and most importantly, fans. I marched down with my fiercest ‘fanography’, which resulted in several broken fans (sorry AOHL!) What I loved the most is how the crowds were signing over to us, giving us the deaf round of applause and a few people were giving out the slang ‘I Love You’ hand gestures, it was so lovely to see.
One thing that really stood out to me was towards the end of the march. It is famously known that LGBTQ+ communities and religious communities haven’t always seen eye to eye, however I did spot a small religious group holding banners saying ‘God loves you’ which I thought was very moving and very touching (I’m not a religious person myself, but I thought it was great to see)
When we finally reached the end of the march, we all went for a celebratory drink and it all went downhill from there… I’ll let your imagination write the rest of this blog post…
All in all it was so great to see two things that mean a lot to me come together and march in such a fashion that we were pretty much ‘sashaying’ through the streets of London. Thank you so much to Action on Hearing Loss for inviting me to such an amazing event, and thanks for the amazing t-shirt too! (which you can buy in the link below)