|So that's yet another Gay Pride over. And even though it was possibly the hottest ever weather|
for Pride, that didn't make it even better or dare I say even sexier, because it wasn't.
Yes there were more marchers crammed into the Parade but as always there was less
We actually arrived at the gathering point near Oxford Circus at around 11.30 am.
And by 3:45 that afternoon I was back home sipping on a well deserved ice cold drink after
having had a refreshing shower, while still at that time there were many more marchers
and floats trudging their way through the Parade, even up until 5.00pm according to
the Pride website.
And I think that I'm only now beginning to work out that Pride has really just
become something of a Companies works day out in a march now dominated by
company employees with a scattering of a few party boys. How sad it is that many
of the previous party people and colourful sexy floats have been either priced out
or pushed out, floats that truly represented the gay community. And it's a complete
mystery why Jeremy Joseph's gay club Heaven, the most dominant gay club in central
London, a club that has a strangle hold over all others, is not represented in the Parade.
At the start of the Parade there was a fracas when chaos ensued as a group of female
anti-transgender protesters hijacked the front of the Parade demanding that Pride has
no place for the Transgender community. Apparently there was some sympathetic cheers
along with some boos from the nearby watching crowds. And it was the London Mayor
Sadiq Khan along with several NHS workers that were pushed into second place in the
Parade and not a lot was done about it. There wasn't much that could be done.
I sometimes think that Gay Pride Parades in far flung places around the globe,
countries that face hostility and discrimination actually have more relevance.
Interestingly you do wonder what the relevance of having Sadiq Khan as Mayor actually
is. He simply gets told by Central Government to shut down many needed Fire Stations
along with massive cuts to our Police Force, hence the rising crime rate in our Capital.
So what is the point of even having a Mayor. It's just another example of this criminal
Government wasting our money. I personally will never vote for any political Party
that continues to squander our national budget on Foreign Aid, money that should
be spent on our Schools, Hospitals, Roads, Armed Forces, Fire Services and our
struggling Police Force.
(Full story of Pride Parade hijacked HERE).
Activist Peter Tatchell who set up the first London Gay Pride March and has participated in
46 Marches said "In 1972 it was a Carnival March for LGBT human rights. It was political and
fun, without all the restrictions, costs and red tape that is strangling Pride today.
It's time to put liberation back at the heart of Pride; to reclaim it as a political march
with a party atmosphere. No limits on numbers and no motorised floats. This would
dramatically cut costs and bureaucracy, and return Pride to it's roots."
Anyway, below are a few pictures I took in the few hours that we were there.
I can't say I'm too thrilled with them. I was really undecided over several days whether
to even post them up.
And that exhausting Pride Day came after a really busy week last week when I was
laying a new kitchen floor after it got damaged by a slow leaking fridge. I even had
to buy a new fridge so things got quite testing during this current heatwave
what with being without a fridge for almost a week. The few years I worked
in the Building and D.I.Y trade back in the 1990's didn't go to waste.
But as for my new smallish kitchen floor, well that's something I am proud of.
As I write this, the center of our Capital is awash with demonstrations against the
visit of President Donald Trump. And this weekend even more demos are planned.
And I remember reading last month in June, the month of Pride, a tweet put out by
someone from the gay community after Trump, for the second time, failed to
acknowledge Pride month. The tweet went as follows...
"And for the second year in a row we don't acknowledge you as our President."
Oh and we have a Wimbledon Tennis semi-final match between John Isner and
Kevin Anderson that could go on all night at this rate. And commentator John McEnroe
simply cannot stop talking through it. It's looking like the other semi-final between
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic might have to be played under floodlight and
with the Centre Court roof closed.