Hi friends, last Saturday (22nd of July) my friends and I went to Newcastle Pride and had an amazing day. Read this blog post to see how the day went, what it meant to me and what we got up to that day.
We started the day by marching through the streets of Newcastle- this was a much longer march than the one I did in Durham for Durham pride you can read all about that here. Overall, Newcastle is just on another scale to Durham- as Newcastle hosts the largest free pride event in the UK. Having a longer time to march meant having longer to think. Marching through the streets of the city whilst people lined the streets to watch, show their support- holding flags and banners or cheering and waving as we passed, and it really made me feel a sense of community and how more and more people are so accepting of the LGBTQ+ community today. There were people of all ages and backgrounds out to show their support which is just fantastic- as this included some older people who you might stereotypically expect to be homophobic because “they’re from a different generation” and “people weren’t really like that in their days” but I think it’s proof that if those people can be accepting to the LGBTQ+ community, then anybody can be.
After the march, we reached the Town Moor- where the event is held. We headed into the VIP section, found ourselves a seat and got some drinks- and got ready to party! The day was filled with joy, love and acceptance. It’s such an amazing atmosphere to see people coming out to pride to celebrate who they are, and not be afraid of showcasing it. The only negative thing about the day was the weather- as there was a point where all four of us were sat under our umbrellas for shelter but this didn’t ruin our day or our spirits. Luckily, the sun did come out for a little while afterwards- it’s just a shame that it wasn’t out all day because that would have made the day perfect (and it also would have made choosing an outfit easier).
After a day full of laughing, dancing and singing- we went on a few rides that were there before leaving to head into town. Once we were in (a very busy) town, we got some food before heading to a bar for one last dance before we headed home.
I feel very lucky that I live in a country where all members of the LGBTQ+ community can march through the streets without any fear that something bad might happen to them. All around the world there are members of the community who are unable to come out because they know what the consequences would be for them. I’d like every person reading this post to please spare a thought for these people, and work together to create a hate-free world, where we treat people like human beings, and not discriminate against them for who they are and who they love.
Thank you so much for reading this week’s post. make sure to follow my blog so you’re notified every time I post, as you might have noticed I can be (kind of) inconsistent. Other than that, I hope you have a lovely week- spread love and joy- and I hope to see you here again soon. Goodbye friends.