Taking the Plunge at Nottingham Pride
Having never visited Nottingham or properly experienced a Pride event, we did not know what to expect, from the event itself and the people attending or the public reaction.
We helped unfurl the bisexual banner and took our places for the march with eyes wide to the newness of a real celebration, for the first time in our lives, of our bisexuality.
Needless to say, the march went well. It might have been even better to go further into the centre to show more people just how big the Pride group has become, however the overwhelming support for the march and the event at the arboretum was warming.
People were very cheerful and waved as we passed windows, shops and shoppers. It’s nice that we live in a time and place where we can celebrate our sexuality and receive support from the public.
The fact that the event was mostly non-commercial made our personal enjoyment of the stalls even better. There’s no greater turn-off than to have traders in your face making you feel like you have to spend money to enjoy the event. So there seemed to be a lot of people taking their time over stall information, picking up literature, freebies and a few products. There a big and varied attendance – it is amazing in my opinion that we now see children and “out” or interested teenagers at these events, which really tells us how times are moving on. There were families made up of all kinds of structures enjoying a real atmosphere of relaxed celebration and information.
The Bi stall met with a good deal of interest from all people particularly because of the slogan we use; “love counts more than gender” – this phrase says something to us all as human beings and brought a lot of people over to talk about bisexuality and other sexualities.
Although some people saw the Bi stall as funny or not for them, I think nonetheless we got through to a few people about bisexual issues and if that’s all we do then we have achieved a vast amount. Some people may well be looking at themselves and or other people in a new way. We hope that other people felt as empowered as we did that day.
Drew and Celine