THIS IS YOUR PRIDE

WHAT’S YOUR GREAT­EST PRIDE MEM­ORY? TEN LEZ/ BI WOMEN SHARE THEIRS... WORDS ROXY BOUR­DIL­LON

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Ten lez/bi women share their Pride sto­ries

I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber my first Pride. I was fresh off a 32-hour flight to Syd­ney, but jet-lag be damned, I wasn’t go­ing to miss out on Mardi Gras. I had never seen so many queer peo­ple in one place and, god, we looked gor­geous: leather­clad dykes on their Har­ley David­sons, top­less tomboys skip­ping along be­hind them and glis­ten­ing Adonises be­ing wor­shipped like the disco gods they were. It was a mag­i­cal, eu­phoric ex­pe­ri­ence, Dis­ney­land for gay grown-ups. Here was the very thing I’d buried, for fear of other peo­ple’s re­ac­tions, be­ing cel­e­brated in the streets. I had never felt so happy to be a homo.

In­cred­i­ble things hap­pen at Pride. Peo­ple fall in life­long love or mo­men­tary lust. They come tum­bling head-first out of the closet, they march for causes they care deeply about and they ex­press them­selves with wild aban­don. It’s the one day of the year when we all come to­gether, but de­spite that heart-warm­ing sense of unity, we each have our own unique Pride ex­pe­ri­ence.

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