I Went To The London Pride Parade And All I Got Were Some Lousy Photos!July 3, 2011
Pride London celebrated its 40th year yesterday. The parade was started in 1971 by the Gay Liberation Front, a pressure group fighting for equality. Today, it’s become a parade, where gay, lesbian and transgender communities come out in strength to celebrate being their true selves, keeping in mind that there’s still a way to go before true equality is reached.
I’ve been going to Pride parades since 2004, staking out good spots to take photographs of the proud and loud with my little digital compact. I nearly missed out this year because I forgot all about it, but managed to reach Whitehall to catch the tail end of the parade. Two things stood out for me this year, apart from the usual outlandish costumes of course: the number of teenagers who were out and proud, and a group that were supporters of family members who are gay. Within that group was a mother holding the hand of a young man, wearing a T-Shirt saying “proud of my gay son.” That brought a lump to the throat.
What I also notice, every year without fail, is the bemusement of tourists and out-of-towners. There they are, out and about looking forward to shopping in Regent Street, or taking photos of those poor guardsmen on their horses at Whitehall, suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a big fat gay party.
Here are some photos I took with my crappy Pentax Optio. Maybe next year I’ll be taking shots with a bridge or DSLR camera with a decent zoom lens. Here’s hoping.