I've never been to London Pride but I've been to the majority of B'ham Prides over the last 20 odd years. As a straight guy, I've never felt out of place or intimidated by certain body type perceptions that have been mentioned above. Sure there are a lot of guys in shorts and spandex and the parade will always feature the more extrovert, outrageous costumes but I've always seen a wide range of ages, shapes, sizes etc.
I feel the same with Brighton Pride, dont feel out of place at all
Post by Phantom of London on Jul 11, 2017 22:05:58 GMT
Someone said earlier the Daily Mail readers and let me say Andrew Pierce their associate editor is gay,mother than that he is an arsehole, I point that out as proof that attitudes are shifting and I firmly believe that if a top flight footballer did come out, it wouldn't be a problem and the person would get a lot of support from the media and fans.
I would like it if teachers would set up LGBT societies in schools (I'm sure some do). I know it wouldn't be universally popular with parents (or Daily Mail readers) but it wouldn't be obligatory. I'd also love it if it was a straight teacher than led it or at least co-led it with an LGBT teacher. This way, students that were struggling would have a teacher to approach (not necessarily at the society meetings) but after school or during break. It would also be very easy to incorporate different aspects of other school subjects into the society (the most obvious example being LGBT History). To bring it back to the topic, the schools could then be involved in organising local Prides. I'll stop as I'll probably go off-topic again.
Firstly, all the points you're making are really interesting and provoking interesting discussion so please don't stop (unless you want to!).
I totally agree, sadly though there's a massive hangover from Section 28 in schools too (particularly in older teachers) where there's still a feeling that this sort of stuff isn't 'allowed' obviously the more younger teachers come through, the better it's getting. But in terms of the speed education moves, it's barely been any time since Section 28 was repealed, so it's so tricky. BUT thankfully being inclusive and responding to diversity is a part of training for new teachers, so slowly things will change. But fighting the old guard within a school isn't easy. But I have faith in the fantastic younger teachers that they'll get there.
More LGBT+ groups in general are needed for young people I think, as many have to wait until University (if they go) to find that sort of thing. Though while we're at it LGBT+ groups for older people who don't do the club/bar scene any more and are at risk of feeling really isolated and alone are also a much needed thing.
One of my daughters friends is gay and autistic. As a result he really struggles to integrate with anyone at all and none of the groups locally will help him now because he is too childish/too over the top and as a result he has become really isolated. 25 and no social life to speak of and nobody really fighting his corner. We are taking him to pride in Brighton this year as last year he ended up sat on his own all day
Oh that's lovely of you infofreako it's obviously an issue across all kinds of 'groups' that those a bit 'different' fail to be accepted.
Not exactly in the same vein but a 'rival' choir conductor of my choir set up a Lesbian choir as she (rightly) noted that there weren't as many as say Gay Men's Chorus. However WE promptly noted that we had more LGBT women in out non-gay choir than she was currently recruiting (and when we're feeling bitchy, with better voices). So sometimes these things work sometimes they don't
Rail strike confirmed for August 4th by Southern Fail on board supervisors/ticket inspectors/whatever we are calling them today. This is the eve of Brighton Pride. If travelling from London allow extra time