Gay Pride quotations wanted

Gay Pride 1980
I’ve been commissioned to produce an exhibition of my years + years of photos of  (what are now called) LGBT Pride marches in London, this time for the Lambeth LGBT Staff Forum.
I need quotes re people’s experiences of, and feelings about, Pride marches. As the exhn is for LGBT History Month and will be used as good old Positive Images, I couldn’t use anything too critical, but doubtful would be OK.  It’s to include in with the panels of photos. My archive goes from 1978 to date so there are a lot of years to cover – I will also refer to the first six London marches from 1972 to 1977.
A sentence or two is what I’m looking for. Of course it’s all on very short deadlines, it has to go to print in a week or so. I can’t guarantee to include everything but will do what I can. Let me know if / how you want a quote signed ie anon, or forename only, or forename+ surname, and whether it goes with a particular year.
Any quotes or queries please emaiI me (see About page, top right) or post here or I can call you back.
(For an earlier version of a similar exhn , please see here.  One retirement project is to get a load more of my stuff up on line so we can all play Where’s Molly; a book would have a to cost too much as there’s about 10000 negs to play with)
Thanks in advance for your help. Please feel free to forward to likely quoters.
The launch will be on Thursday Feb 4th In Brixton.

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8 Responses to “Gay Pride quotations wanted”

  1. Catriona Rose Yule Says:

    My first Pride was terrifying and wonderful. I had lived in isolation in a small village before moving to London in 1989. I felt nervous/excited when going to a lesbian bar/club, and was completely unprepared for the fabulous over-the – top pageant that was Pride. Marching through London was the most liberating and celebratory thing I had ever done in my life! I stared and stared; the outrageous queens (never seen drag outside of panto), woman in a huge wedding dress, boys in the shortest shorts i had ever seen on roller skates, women holding hands and kissing. In public! In front of everyone!!! Man in Margaret Thatcher drag (Maggi Maggi Maggi, out, out, out…) everywhere I looked I found men and women celebrating who and what they were. I was in shock and ecstatic, I started the march as a lesbian (say it softly) and left it a DYKE – shout it loud!!

  2. Catriona Rose Yule Says:

    You can use my full name.

  3. Marj Says:

    Hi Pam – my first Gay Pride was in 1980. Went with a crowd of people from college on a bus. Like Catriona above, I hadn’t really embraced my identity at this point, but at some comment from me, a gay male acquiantance responded “you’re the dyke!”, and with a shiver I thought, “yes, I am!”

    Remember the separate Lesbian Strength marches? I remember going on one where it poured and poured with rain. When we got to ULU in Mallet Street, we all went to the loo and wrung out our socks in the sink!

  4. Maggie Jochild Says:

    What stand out to me is that throughout the 1970s in the US, we referred to our gatherings as lesbian and gay FREEDOM day and parades — not pride. We still have not achieved liberation and seem to have settled for pride, which I think indicates how the movement has been mainstreamed to make us appear less threatening. Another victory in rebranding by the Religious Right.

    And yes, you can use my full name.

  5. Chrisitna Howarth Says:

    I remember the Lesbian Strength march where it rained and rained! This would hae been 87 or 88. A gang of us came up from Bristol in a minibus. We stripped off and dried our clothes in a laundrette in Islington.

    I didn’t like the Pride marches when I first came out – only wanted to go to the Lesbian Strength ones. But then when I did go to Pride – wonderful! An opportunity to dress up and have fun in the streets. Whose streets? OUR STREETS!!!

    But then it just got too commercialised and about buying and selling rather than being political. I haven’t been for about 15 years – prefer the smaller less commercialised Pride events that are about having fun and not about making money.

  6. Frances Gillard Says:

    Yes I’m afraid I always preferred the Lesbian strength days too. Smaller more manageable and there were always loads of other dykes I knew. Pride great because it was always HUGE and the floats provide a presence that a march doesn’t. The Pride events do appear to be a commercial opportunity rather than a political event, but I guess there is a place for that too. It’s a shame that rainbow produce always costs more to make because of the colours. But all the marches have had huge significance for me over the years
    PS Does anyone know what became of the Lesbian mothers banner c 1983/4?!

  7. acilius Says:

    No quotes to offer, but I have to comment- the looks on those police officers’ faces are worth a fortune.

  8. read Says:


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