Pride Week in London

I feel like I don’t have words to describe how amazing these past few days have been. That hurts me to admit as a writer, but the sentiments behind it are well worth my wounded pride.

I was sitting in class in Russell Square when I got a news notification on my phone from The Guardian. It was relaying the news that thousands of miles away, in my home country, the Supreme Court had just legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

Thankfully I  was in a class with 20 other journalism nerds, meaning we all got news notifications from our various media platforms of choice, and the whole class lit up with exuberance. I’ll admit that I may have shed a few tears of happiness, and my attention span was completely shot for the rest of class.

On a completely coincidental and romantic note, it was also the first day of Pride weekend in London. I already had plans to go out for the parade on Saturday, then to Pride in the Park on Sunday afternoon. But the exciting news from back home was the cherry on top of the already beautiful weekend.

In light of some of the terrible things that have happened lately in the U.S. – including the sickening RFRA that was passed in Indiana not too long ago – I can honestly say I’ve never been more proud of my country.

Now that Pride weekend is over, I can honestly say nothing compares to the energy of a Pride Weekend. I wish the entire world could find the love, compassion and acceptance that you find in the LGBTQ community.

You may not neccessarily agree with it, but just becaue you don’t understand something doesn’t mean you have the right to take away someone’s basic human rights. If everyone could just learn the total acceptance and happiness that London found this weekend, I think the world would be a pretty awesome place. LOVE WINS.

 Happy Pride Everybody!! So happy that love wins this weekend.

 

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