Firstly the less than efficient al-Quaida wannabe bombers planted two ‘devices’ on the route of the march two days before. This could have led the Police to cancel the procession or a least reroute it through a less glamorous part of town. Then there was the rain that tipped down by the bucket full from beginning to end. Fortunately the LGBT community and their supporters are not so easily put off proving yet again that by comparison heterosexuals just don’t know how to party.
25 years out and proud.
Ok at least one participant is pissed off with the rain.
In the Navy...you can now sleep with who you like.
The Max Max look is still very popular....
...as is Judy Garland.
Proud to be pink.
Out to pout.
The bondage block.
Mickey Mouse lets his hair down on his day off from promoting Disney.
But things are still pretty grim for the younger members of the LGBT community:
Who are 3 times more likely to run away from home than their straight counterparts.
It should also be remembered that Pride is an international day and many countries still defy the human rights act by making non heterosexual acts illegal. With blatent homophobic incitement commonplace both in the mainstream media and society as a whole:
So aside from the parade which is the usual mixture of humour carnival eccentricity there are still some very serious issues to be addressed here both at home and abroad.
It has to said though. From a photographers point of view Pride is a dream come true. Plenty of colour more variety than you could imagine and pretty much everyone wants to have their picture taken. Result!