HAN­NAH THORP The Pride where I sur­prised my best friend…

Diva (UK) - - Feature | This Is Your Pride -

I signed my best friend Tom and my­self up to dance in the Manch­ester Pride pa­rade as it was the first Pride when we had both been out to all our friends and fam­ily. I de­cided not to tell Tom as we like to sur­prise each other and do spon­ta­neous things. Af­ter be­ing out on the Fri­day night, wak­ing him up at 7.30am wasn’t as easy as planned. He has a back­ground in dance so I knew he’d love it when we got there. We learned the dance and the chore­og­ra­pher placed us at the front; be­fore we knew it we were lin­ing up with our cus­tom t-shirts ready to go. I was so proud to be part of some­thing pos­i­tive and ac­cept­ing and to re­ally cel­e­brate who I am for the first time. We spot­ted friends and fam­ily in the crowds wear­ing lots of rain­bow dec­o­ra­tions and it was prob­a­bly the first time I re­alised I wouldn’t change my sex­u­al­ity, even if I had t the choice. Com­ing o out can be a real re­ally hard tim time but once yo you get t through it, em­brac­ing your whole self feels like the best thing in the wo world.

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