This is why Satur­day’s Wok­ing­ham Pride mat­ters

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

ON Satur­day we will be cel­e­brat­ing Wok­ing­ham LGBT+ Pride. Hav­ing grown up in Wok­ing­ham and now liv­ing here with my wife as an out les­bian cou­ple, I can­not ex­press what this means to me.

To see us recog­nised, ac­cepted and cel­e­brated in this way after so many years of be­ing marginalis­ed is a great leap for­ward for our so­ci­ety as a whole.

We no longer have to hide el­e­ments of our lives from our friends, fam­i­lies, neigh­bours and col­leagues to be ac­cepted.

We are go­ing through some dif­fi­cult times at the mo­ment and can­not hold the Pride event that we would want for Wok­ing­ham.

It is also par­tic­u­larly sad that all of the vic­tims of the For­bury Gar­dens at­tack in our neigh­bour­ing town of Read­ing, were ac­tive mem­bers of the LGBT+ com­mu­nity. How­ever, it does il­lus­trate the fact that we are teach­ers, sci­en­tists, health­care work­ers etc who are part of our com­mu­nity and con­trib­ute to ev­ery cor­ner of our so­ci­ety.

Please come help us cel­e­brate Wok­ing­ham LGBT+ Pride, put out your rain­bow flags and post your sup­port on So­cial Me­dia – it is for ev­ery­one who wants to see all of us as an in­clu­sive, ac­cept­ing and di­verse com­mu­nity – even if we are not quite there yet.

Cllr Imo­gen Shep­herd-DuBey, Coun­cil­lor for the Emm­brook Ward of Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil

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