Pride was AWESOME!!!! One of the perks of living in a city like London is there is always something happening. June is Pride month and it’s a time when members and allies of the LGBTQ community can celebrate and promote their…pride lol. It’s a month about building up the community, being visible, lending support and educating others.
Attending Pride has been on my bucket list for a few years. Through the Twitter (yes I just put ‘the Twitter’) I learned about UK Black Pride. I had no idea there was a Black Pride but as soon as I read the words black and Pride in the same sentence, I knew where I was going.
Even though I am awesome and a cool person, I don’t have any friends. Sad but it’s my reality and I didn’t want to attend such a bomb event on my own BUT I didn’t want to miss out. Best solution? Join the event as a volunteer.
I’m glad I didn’t let the lack of company force me to stay home. I learned more about UK Black Pride, I got to experience the event and I know next year I’ll be going as an actual attendee (even if I go by myself). If I had any doubts about volunteering, and there were zero doubts, this dope ass video they showed us at our volunteer meeting got me super pumped for the event.
My tasks during the event
- I had one of the most important tasks of the day – helping people stay hydrated. Hey! Don’t underestimate this job, the heat is real hunny.
- I helped performers get on stage in time to rock the crowd. All of the performers were incredibly cool and it was really easy getting people where they needed to be.
- I greeted people. At first, this didn’t seem like a big deal, but when I thought about it I realized if I was entering the event and someone super hype wished me a happy Pride it would get me excited for the day.
My thoughts about UK Black Pride
It is so important for black people and people of color to have spaces where they can exist. The beauty of UK Black Pride is it embraces everyone. When you compare that level of acceptance to that of other Pride-related events, you understand how important that is.
Even in our volunteer meeting, there were black people from all around the world and there were non-POC present and the vibe was fulling welcoming. I approve.
The first time I ever said I want to go to Pride was on my 30th birthday and subconsciously I was preparing to be in a very white space. Having the opportunity to enjoy the love of the community while being surrounded by people who looked like me and understood the culture? My soul needed that. I honestly think if I had attended any other Pride I would fun but I wouldn’t have had the bruk it down type of fun I had at this event.
There are 365 days until the next UK Black Pride but I am highly suggesting you either attend or volunteer in 2019. These are the spaces we are craving, these are the changes we need and we have to support.
If you went to UK Black Pride I hope you had an amazing time and I hope to see you guys next year!
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