Pride means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it's a time to take to the streets, put on far too much glitter, and come together in celebration. For others, it represents a period of reflection; a period when we acknowledge how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come thanks to the tireless work of those who fought for our rights. However, as we celebrate the progress we've made, we must also pause and think about how far we have to go. I spoke to seven Pride attendees and activists to discuss why Pride is still as relevant and important as ever, and to discover what this time of year means to them.
In the UK, marriage between same sex couples has been legalised, adoption has been opened up to queer families, and the government are making moves to ensure that sex education in schools is more LGBTQIA+ inclusive. These are three massive strides towards fully realised LGBTQIA+ equality in this country, which is certainly something to be celebrated. However, with this in mind, it's easy to get swept up in the festivities of Pride month and forget about the meaning behind it. Below we hear from seven people who want us to remember the importance of Pride's message, not just for the LGBTQIA+ community in the UK, but for people all over the world — especially those who still face severe prejudice for simply being themselves.