50 years of Pride and why we still need it – podcast | New

“I said to my mom, ‘Mom, I think I’m going gay.'”

Ted Brown grew up in London at a time when homosexuality was illegal. When he was 14, he felt very lonely and isolated, and decided to come out to his mother “out of depression over the situation”. He remembers his mother, who had been involved in the civil rights movement in the United States, telling him: “There is nothing wrong with you being gay and you deserve equal rights in the same way. how black people fought for our rights”.

Brown joined the Gay Liberation Front when he was 20, and in 1972 helped organize the first Pride event in the UK. He says Hannah Moore about their kiss in Hyde Park and how the protesters were greeted by the public.

Hannah also visits Steve Dicker, the Bishopsgate Institute Archives Manager, to discuss a new collection called Peoples’ Pride Archive. He documents the evolution of the Pride movement over the past five decades and collects artifacts from different events. Dickers explains how it’s been clear throughout its history that Pride has been both a protest and a celebration. “One thing we know, through many of the collections we have here, sometimes times that you think are just moments of joy, of weird joy, they’re actually intensely political,” he says.

Sarah Wild, the chief executive of Trans Pride Brighton, explains to Hannah why she decided to organize a separate event for trans people. “Over the last five years or so, the conversation about trans rights has really been dragged down the drain,” Savage says. “It makes a lot of people angry, makes a lot of people feel scared and alone. And Trans Pride exists to prevent that.



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