WEL­COME

Pride Life Magazine - - WELCOME - Nigel Robin­son Ed­i­tor-in- Chief

Wel­come to the sum­mer is­sue of Pride Life and our an­nual de­fin­i­tive guide to all the best Pride events in the UK and be­yond. We’ve achieved so much as an LGBT com­mu­nity in terms of equal­ity and ac­cep­tance over the past ten years or so — and now it’s time to cel­e­brate that fact and party as only we and our straight al­lies know how! But while we’re par­ty­ing, let’s not forget that there’s still a lot to fight for – whether it’s ho­mo­pho­bic bul­ly­ing and lan­guage in schools, il­le­gally be­ing de­nied goods or ser­vices, or hav­ing your head bashed in purely be­cause of your sex­u­al­ity. And that’s just in the UK — there are over 70 coun­tries in the world where be­ing gay is il­le­gal. So who says we haven’t any­thing left to fight for?

And while you’re cel­e­brat­ing, whether at one of the big city mega-bashes or the more in­ti­mate and fam­ily-friendly baby Prides, re­mem­ber that th­ese events don’t come cheap, and most Prides are run, of­ten on a shoe­string, by a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. If you want your Pride to re­main free, then try and give a couple of quid to the bucket col­lec­tors on the day.

Have a great party wher­ever you are in the coun­try. It’s your Life and it’s your Pride.

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