30 August 2013
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of being gay is being able to celebrate with your community at parties, parades, and events the world over. People often ask what it's about and why we do it and "what's with the costumes and outfits?"
There is no quick answer and while the sense of being part of something bigger in a world that has historically been quite hostile is certainly a central reason, right now it feels more like a real dichotomy of celebrating advances in equality that are happening globally with protesting the horrific devolution of minority rights in places like Russia. Somehow getting together and having a good time en masse feels like a real way to do exactly what those places don't want people to do - celebrate diversity and inclusion by showing we're proud of who we are.
This year took me to Brighton and to London for some serious celebrations. Photos below from Brighton: