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CARE Fer­til­ity’s Kathryn Bryant on the mean­ing of Pride

Pride sea­son is the LGBT com­mu­nity’s Thanks­giv­ing, with a bit more glit­ter and a lot less turkey.

It is that time of year where we come to­gether in all ma­jor UK cities, to cel­e­brate and give thanks with ac­knowl­edge­ment to the LGBT ac­tivists that have marched be­fore us. They cam­paigned for our hu­man rights, fought for equal­ity and demon­strated their courage and strength by be­ing vis­i­ble to so­ci­ety.

July 1972 saw the UK’S first Gay Pride march, held in Lon­don. It was a very po­lit­i­cal march com­bined with a car­ni­val at­mos­phere. Al­most 1,000 peo­ple turned up, know­ing the threat of vi­o­lence from mem­bers of the pub­lic or ar­rest by the po­lice who at­tended in huge num­bers. Marchers were met with ver­bal abuse and the odd hurled bot­tle as well as homophobic slurs from the po­lice, but also with sup­port from well-wish­ers.

What an im­pact 35 years of march­ing and ac­tivism has made for our com­mu­nity. We cel­e­brate in 2017 with equal­ity and vis­i­bil­ity. The crowd cheers, the po­lice line the streets, join­ing in our cel­e­bra­tion and march­ing along­side us in unity. We give thanks for the LGBT rights that we now have in the UK. How far we have come. And yet we still march to protest that our LGBT broth­ers and sis­ters in other coun­tries are not as free as we are. We march and party with our friends and fam­i­lies to cel­e­brate pro­tec­tion from dis­crim­i­na­tion, the re­peal of Sec­tion 28, same-sex mar­riage and the right to cre­ate our own fam­i­lies. Pride rep­re­sents all these themes, and we at­tend with our in­di­vid­ual fam­i­lies and an enor­mous LGBT+ ally fam­ily; one that stretches across the UK and the world.

CARE Fer­til­ity will be cel­e­brat­ing along­side the LGBT com­mu­nity this Pride sea­son through­out the UK. You’ll see our teams at Manch­ester, Liver­pool, Sh­effield and Pride In Lon­don. The or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der­stands the his­tory of Pride and the progress made for LGBT rights in fam­ily plan­ning and cre­at­ing your own rain­bow fam­ily.

We’ll be kick­ing off the UK Pride sea­son with rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are ex­pert in all ar­eas of fer­til­ity at Pride In The Park and UK Black Pride on Sun­day 9 July at Lon­don’s Vaux­hall Plea­sure Gar­dens. Come along and speak to one of us if you’re look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on fer­til­ity treat­ment for you and/or your part­ner, or just come and say hello and have a dance with the team.

Pride sea­son is about love, equal­ity and fam­ily – what­ever that word means to you. CARE Fer­til­ity un­der­stands fam­ily is for ev­ery­one and the team wants to share their knowl­edge and help les­bian, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der women cre­ate their own fam­ily if fer­til­ity treat­ment is their cho­sen route to par­ent­hood. There are so many op­tions for same-sex cou­ples and we’re proud to be one of the first clin­ics in Lon­don to have helped les­bians and bi­sex­ual women con­ceive.

CARE Fer­til­ity wish you all a won­der­ful Pride. We look for­ward to see­ing you and be­ing part of your fam­ily.

For more in­for­ma­tion about CARE Fer­til­ity Lon­don, visit carefer­til­ity.com, call 020 7616 6767 or come in for an in­for­mal visit. We would love to meet you.


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