Me, I’m based in Colchester.
And I’m based in Chelmsford.
I think it’s important because it’s one part of the year where everyone can come together, let their hair down and not feel out of place.
Obviously up and down the country different places, obviously with different groups of people, some places are a lot more relaxed, some places stricter. So I think it’s nice to have a few days where everyone can come together, be who they are and not have to feel any pressure from outside people and just be comfortable.
It’s all a show of respect, that is the backbone of it. Anyone can come and they are respected. I’ve had straight people come to Prides before and they all feel comfortable and it’s just a fun atmosphere. You don’t feel uncomfortable to do anything. It doesn’t matter where you go, at the campsite, we’ve been speaking to so many people, it is unbelievable how many, but it’s just everyone’s comfortable with everybody and it’s great.
It’s like a remembrance day. You remember a war because something bad happened. It’s the same for Pride. So many bad things have happened in history to gay people. I mean Russia nowadays, that was all over the world back in the day and now its accepted. So it’s remembering all the bad things that have happened, but showing it in a good way.
We’ve come a long way from there and we no longer care about narrow-minded people.