What a weekend!! Thanks to BIMM Brighton for inviting us to play at Brighton Pride, we had a great time!
It's easy to think of Pride as just a party, but it started as - and should still be - a protest. Partying is an important part of protest, but there is more that we can do than just that!
Protest doesn't have to mean marching in the street or waving a placard either, though those are both great ways to do it. If you are reading this message, you have the technology and means to protest by emailing your MP and confronting them about real issues that still face LGBTQ+ people today.
Ask them why the UK is aligning itself diplomatically with global powers which demonise and murder us.
Ask them to discuss in parliament reformation of the Gender Recognition Act, and the degrading and demoralising process that trans people currently have to endure to change their gender on legal documentation.
Ask them to push for more funding for the NHS, for gender-related healthcare, for increased availability of PrEP medication to stem the spread of HIV, and to provide better information to the public about transition. Receiving medical attention for the relief of Gender Dysphoria is not a luxury, as many newspapers would have you believe. If someone asked you wait several years to fix your broken leg, you would be rightly appalled.
Contact the organisers of Brighton Pride and ask them to, next year, not invite British Airways to march in the parade when they are complicit in the Home Office's brutal deportation of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers to meet their deaths in countries where their existence is criminalised.
Oppression is easy to ignore when it plays in your favour. We all have a voice to speak up with, and I implore you to use it!
When people try to keep you down, even just existing is a form of protest, so having a city-wide party is a pretty solid way of doing that, but please remember that the point of pride is not the party; the point of pride is the protest.
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