Today I thought that since the Pride in London was going on last week, I thought I’d write a post about it.
The celebrations by the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) went on for a week, with the Pride Arts Festival going on in locations across London, the Pride in London Parade from Baker Street to Whitehall and the Pride in the Park in Vauxhall. For those that don’t know, this year more than a million people turned up to raise awareness for the issues that surround and concern the LGBT community.
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalisation of gay marriage on the 26th, the celebrations were magnified as another one of the most influential countries in the world has let go of the old ways and legalised something that is essentially a human right.
Personally, I don’t belong to the LGBT community due to my personal preferences – but I’m a strong supporter of their movement. The human rights act states that people have the right to life; they have the right to freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment; right to liberty and security; the right to the freedom of thought, belief and religion; the right for freedom of expression; and the right to marry and start a family. I think that since these rights exist, they shouldn’t just apply to heterosexual and cisgender people. If you have the right to life, you have the right to love and feel human emotion – it isn’t just heterosexual people who can love and care for each other, there is nothing unnatural about having different sexualities. There is sexual preference variation throughout the animal kingdom, so why do some people believe that it’s unnatural for anyone to like someone of the same gender? If people have the right to the freedom of thought, belief and religion; why shouldn’t they have the right to also choose what gender they would like to be or what sexual preference they can have?
I think that in the 21st century more people should support the community, regardless if they are part of it or not. The Pride in London is not just any excuse for people to get together and disrupt whatever is going on in the city; the Pride London is a way of people celebrating what they are and what they believe in with people who are like-minded.
Unfortunately this year I wasn’t able to attend the Pride London, but I have many friends that did attend, and they said it was the best one yet. Regardless if I attended it this year, I still thought that it deserved a special mention on the blog, just because of what it promotes. Equality is something that everyone deserves, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or any other factors. Equal rights is human rights, and the Pride London is a way of making sure that the LGBT community receive the rights they deserve and have been denied in the past – and I fully support that.