Tuesday, 25 July 2017

LONDON GAY PRIDE 2017



So that's Gay Pride over for another year. And once again it was sucked up
by the big corporate giants, corporate establishments that have very little
to do with LGBT causes. So it's sad to see the way that the event is going.
Yet the Pride Committee will as always give themselves a big pat on the
back and say that it was bigger and better than ever. And of course
it was bigger than ever, which is why it took almost four and a half hours
for the Parade procession to pass through the West End of London.

And so for me the whole event has solely now just become a photo
opportunity.

Interestingly the Pride team sent out their 10 minute online questionnaires
this week asking for feedback for the event. And even more interesting
was one question that asked 'Is there too much Corporate Sponsorship
at Gay Pride.' Well we know the answer to that.

Below are lots of pictures from the big day!


It was good to see our Tom Daley at Pride, now a Diving World Champion again at
last, not that the BBC bothered to mention Tom's sensational win in Budapest over
the weekend on their main evening News bulletin. They seemed more concerned
about The Tour De France and Chris Froome's victory.

But I must say that I was a little surprised to see Tom as the main attraction on
The Barclays Pride float, the one financial institution that must be seen as the main
corporate culprit that has hijacked our annual Gay Pride event. Such floats were
barely visible 20 years ago when the Pride procession was more LGBT orientated.
And I was pleased to see that Peter Tatchell finally came out to attack the
corporate takeover of this annual event. He believes that Pride needs to go back
to the great event it once was around 20 years ago.

Every year I find myself saying 'Where are the choreographed dancing groups,
floats that have a distinctive LGBT message as well as the floats that represented
the gay clubs and Bars?'  They seem to have been removed from the Parade to make
way for irrelevant floats and groups. And if the Pride Committee add anymore into
the procession, we might end up with the back end of the Parade coming in well into
the evening.

Still it does seem that London Gay Pride is not the only LGBT event that's getting
sucked up by the corporate giants. There's been similar rumblings over the corporate
takeover of San Francisco's Gay Pride, with some annual S.F Pride regulars
now saying that they simply wont bother to attend it anymore.

CORPORATE GIANTS HIJACK SAN FRANCISCO GAY PRIDE

   
Above: The Gendered Intelligence marching at Pride. And it was one of the girls
from this very group that left a comment on Tom Daley's youtube Pride video.
And I have to say that I agree with a lot of what she says. Her name is Cass.

IN RESPONSE TO TOM'S GAY PRIDE DAY VIDEO...

'IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU AT PRIDE TOM BUT IT WAS A MISTAKE TO SUPPORT THE CORPORATE
SPONSORSHIP OF PRIDE THAT IS DROWNING OUT THE POLITICS WE SO DESPERATELY NEED IN
PRIDE TODAY.
BARCLAYS IS ENCOURAGING THE PINK POUND, WHERE MONEY IS MADE BY LARGE CORPORATIONS
OFF OF OUR GENDERS AND SEXUALITIES.
PERSONALLY I HAVE NO INTEREST IN MARCHING WITH A GROUP WHICH ENCOURAGES THIS CORPORATE
SWALLOWING OF PRIDE, WHICH IS WHY I MARCHED WITH THE GENDERED INTELLIGENCE GROUP
ON SATURDAY, WHICH YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN FRONT OF THE BARCLAYS FLOAT, THE ONLY GROUP IN
FRONT OF YOU APART FROM THE FLAGS. HOPEFULLY SHOWING THAT NOT EVEN BARCLAYS SHOULD
HAVE THE POWER TO SWALLOW UP THE WHOLE PARADE, AND THAT PRIDE SHOULD NOT BE REPRESENTED
BY THE CORPORATE GIANTS, BUT THE CHARITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING
FOR OUR COMMUNITY; NOT MAKE MONEY OFF OF IT.


PRIDE IS FOR THE MILLIONS, NOT THE MILLIONAIRES. AND I HOPE OVER THE COMING YEAR TOM
THAT YOU REALIZE THIS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU MARCHING NEXT YEAR WITH A
GROUP THAT ACTUALLY REPRESENTS OUR COMMUNITY.'

 


The latest news on the Chechen atrocities
The unacceptable attitude of the Indonesian authorities towards LGBT people.
Christian group opposes gender-neutral announcements on the London Underground.
Owner of G.A.Y nightclubs says venues under threat due to
rising rents.
How gay sex was decriminalized in Great Britain

Above: Married couple Roger Lockyear 89 and partner
Percy Steven 77, attend their first ever Gay Pride.
The couple's relationship has endured for over 50 years.
And for that first year gay sex was illegal, and they could
have been jailed just for being together.
Todays Pride is also a celebration of the fact that it is now
50 years ago this year that homosexuality was partially
decriminalized.
 





LONDON ORCA OUT FOR SPORT



This frisky group of teens were clearly enjoying themselves like kids in a candy store.

This trans girl raised a few eyebrows once she took off her shirt.
Most trans-ops will normally wait for a full 2 years before
the chest scars heal. But this brave girl wanted to show everyone
just what she'd recently been through.

I remember following Ryan Cassata's transgender transformation
a couple of years ago and thinking just how indescribable it must be
that first time when the chest scars have healed and you can go outside
and take your shirt off without anyone raising an eyebrow, a little
luxury only afforded to the male gender.  


SCOUT PRIDE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM


Above: PREACHERS CORNER
Or as I prefer to call it... Atheists Alley!
And it's here that you can be sure to find plenty
of raucous debate.
This spot on the Parade route seems to annually
attract boisterous groups of teens looking for a
verbal skirmish with this regular group of homophobic
bible bashers.

I suppose it will baffle me to my last breath how it is that anyone can be Christian
AND gay. After all the Church outlaws and forbids homosexual acts of any kind.
And a recent story that grabbed my attention on Pink News was the story about
the similar conundrum of gay Muslims who face severe consequences with death
sentences in at least 10 Muslim majority countries.

Muslim radio host says gay people have a right to be angry at Islam.
 


Above are a couple of Pride revellers debating, or should I say arguing
with one of the preachers about the authenticity of 'that' book.
That great work of fiction.


 And on a lighter note we have here a thumping gay anthem from
the 1990's, the decade that gave us the greatest House music sounds.
I remember DJ Judge Jools playing this at the Pride Festival in the Park
a few years ago when Radio 1 regularly broadcast their Live show
from the event. Just wish I could get a copy of the version Judge Jools
played. But this version below is near enough, with it's rousing chorus
of Free Gay and Happy. A sentiment that most of us here in the West
can afford to say. Although we may not be fully there yet.
 





Now that Trafalgar Square can no longer hold the wrath of the huge crowds
many groups like this one above will just simply chill out in the traffic free
roads that surround the Square.
And upon seeing a huge long queue to get into the Square we simply
didn't bother at all and headed for the cool and shady Leicester Square
which was less crowded.

Pride was once held in Hyde Park and it contained the huge crowds
reasonably well. So I don't know why it cant be hosted there each year.
But it seems that the Royal Parks wont allow it.  




Above: Looking into Trafalgar Square from outside. It really was a bit futile to
attempt to get into the Square. But one thing we did find out when we got home
was that there was not a single known artist appearing on the main stage
having looked at our 2 hour Pride tv special on London Live tv channel (Sky 117).
Oh sure Sinnita was there, but I think she appeared on the Womens Stage in
Leicester Square.
And yet looking in this weeks free gay magazines we saw a promotion for the up and
coming Brighton Gay Pride. And topping the bill on their Main Stage line is The Pet Shop Boys,
legendary DJ David Morales, Dance Divas Rozalla, Angie Brown and Queen of
all the 90's Dance Divas... Her Majesty Jocelyn Brown!
So how was this possible?  Why couldn't Pride secure such a line-up for the London
event.
It really does put the Trafalgar Square line-up to shame.

Above:  Leicester Square and the Woman's Stage.

Below: London Live were filming in Leicester Square during
the afternoon.
Below: Peter Tatchell being interviewed by London Live
by the side of the Main Stage in Trafalgar Square.
Tatchell said that we need to go back to the Gay Prides
that took place in the 1990's, saying that there's now far too
much corporate sponsorship.

10 comments:

  1. I'm very disappointed Dee, that the signs at Preacher's Corner no longer mention sodomites as one of those who will NOT inherit the kingdom of god. I've struggled all my life to be the best sodomite I could be (I even took classes back in the day) and this is the reward I get? Dismissed as if I no longer mattered. Airbrushed, nay, whitewashed out of history. I demand my rights and will be taking legal action to make sure I appear on next year's sign. Rum, Bum and Buggery Forever!
    Thanks for the great effort you out into taking the photos on the day and assembling them here. Its much appreciated. - Ian

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    1. Ian, Well yes I did take my time putting these up. I suppose the more pictures I take then the more work I'm giving myself.

      Oh I'm sure the sodomites yellow banner was there. The banners were all over the place. Strange that it seems to be many of the youngsters that enjoy this area of the Parade and get stuck in to a good ol' debate.
      They, like me, just cant make any sense of religion. They see it as completely irrelevant in 2017 and are savvy enough to know that religion has caused nothing but problems since time began.

      But it's easy to see why some visitors to this spot enjoy turning the debates into some fairly comical moments.
      I can just imagine you turning up there with your 'I'm a Sodomite' placard on a stick.

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  2. Great photos. The commercialism has happened here too. Melbourne has its annual Pride March and some years ago it was decided that there would not be floats and remain a community organisation focused march, but that has not stopped commercialism of the march to some extent. Another event is our Midsumma Carnival Day, and it has over the years been given the run around by the parks authorities. I would have thought the aeration of the lawns with holes from stilettos would be a good thing. The authorities claim wear and tear on the parks.......but not for all public events held in the parks.

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    1. Andrew, Yes the commercialism is spreading fast. But the frustration with the London event is that it has simply outgrown itself to be held bang in the center of the Capital. Most would like to see it held in Hyde Park, as it was once and quite successfully. But the Royal Parks wont allow it. Yet they don't mind putting on all the Summer Pop and Rock concerts there.

      Of course you have your Pride during our Winter. A shame though that they're cutting out the floats.
      The Mid-Summer Carnival sounds like fun. I can just imagine all the trannies getting their heels stuck in the lawns. A comical picture.
      But yes, you are supposed to air your lawns with a fork come late Autumn.. or is it Spring?

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  3. Lovely Dee. Fantastic weather. The pictures look better as I scrolled down. You must have been in better cheer near the end. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Neil, In good cheer towards the end as I was finally coming to the end of such a big post.

    Yes politics first then the pictures second. But I'm sure I'll stop going on about the politics
    from now on as things are clearly not going to change.

    But yes it was uncomfortably hot that Saturday. Many of us retreated to a beautiful shady Park down by
    The Thames for an hour or so to cool off, then back to the mayhem before setting off home.

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  5. Deejohn:

    I have admired your work for many years and your photography skills, sense is amazing. I wish you many more years of do what you enjoy.

    Praise enough, you have still to better your wonderful layout of Peter Pan 19(?) haha...

    I am positive you will one day.
    Cheers.

    John

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    1. Thanks John for the kind words. Yes I guess I'm still looking out for another Teddy, or should I say
      Peter Pan. Haven't found him yet. But I'll keep looking. That reminds me... I must look him up on his
      instagram to see what he's up to.

      Thanks for that. Keep visiting. Dee.

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    1. Hi Pete, What you mean you've only found the London Gay Pride post 4 months on. Tut tut!!!
      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Dee.

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