Hastings Pride 2019 Photos Page 1 of pictures from this great LGBT+ event
About Hastings Pride
We were a little unsure how the seaside town of Hastings would react to having its own Pride event, it has many weird and wonderful events already, but not everywhere is welcoming of the LGBT community, so we decided to have a big launch party in 2016 in the town centre to prepare them for a full on event in 2017. I was involved with organising the 2016, not in a big way, I attended a few of the meetings and was one of the official photographers on the big day. The event was a big success and there was virtually no negativity towards it, so in 2017 we had a parade and big Pride event at the Oval, which was amazing, lots of live music and other performers, great stalls and more.
A lot of planning went into the 2018 and sadly there were high winds and heavy rain most of the day and there was no way of changing the date, so it was a bit of a washout :( Some of the event took part at an indoor venue instead, but financially it wasn't great. The money that event was supposed to raise was partly to be towards the 2019 one. There were times over the year that the events future was in doubt, but the organisers worked very hard to get funding and eventually it got the go ahead. Luckily the 2019 one had no weather problems and was the biggest and best by far, they did such a great job organising it. Really looking forward to the 2020 one! :)
I much prefer Hastings Pride to Brighton Pride, it still has the community coming together feeling that Brighton Gay Pride used to have. Hastings has a lot of great local talent and our Pride gives them exposure. In my personal opinion Brighton has just become a big, expensive festival that has some rainbow flags and lots of drugged up people! If they want to supply me with some free 2020 tickets for myself and my carer (I'm disabled) then I'm willing to give it another try and might (probably won't) change my mind about it.
About Pride Events
Pride is one of those events that shouldn't need to exist, but sadly still does. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing event that I love!
Pride isn't just about being proud, it's about being proud in the face of adversity and that's totally different. You can be proud to be straight, but you don't need "Pride" as there are no countries where they have the death penalty purely for being straight, no countries where you can be sacked purely for being straight, no countries where even the Police beat people purely for being straight with no fear of getting into trouble and so on.
Things are a lot better than they used to be here, but we still have further to go, still have so many who think hating a consenting adult for loving a consenting adult is acceptable behavior.
Most events used to be Gay Pride ones, but now embrace other unfairly treated LGBT consenting adult groups such as Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgender, Pansexual, Asexual etc. so have dropped the Gay part of the name
I am very open about being Pansexual, if somebody has a problem with that then they have the problem not me! What is Pansexual, no I don't find frying pans sexy, instead it means gender is less important to me than other factors. If I like somebody then what they do or do not have in their trousers is not a major issue to me. I do find myself mostly (not exclusively) attracted to feminity, I just wouldn't have a problem with dating Cis Woman, a Trans person, a feminine Man or somebody who is NB (Non Binary). I really don't have a type, I have had relationships with tall, short, fat, thin, blonde, brunette, female, male and anywhere in between. Bisexual people usually have a type of male and a type of female they like. I used to be a regular at Brighton Pride, but these days only go to Hastings Pride and Eastbourne Pride.
a disclaimer About These Photos
There are many reasons for people to be at Pride, they may be part of the LGBT community, they may have friends or family in the LGBT community, they may have friends of family performing there, they may have come along for the entertainment, they may have got lost and found the event by accident, plus many other reasons. It does not mean anything about their gender or sexuality, so don't use these photos for anything homophobic, transphobic etc. I take and share these photographs to show what an amazing event it is, never to out anybody. I shouldn't have to include this disclaimer, people should not be nasty, sadly some still are. Life in the UK for LGBT people is improving, but some countries like the USA are slowly going back down hill due to President Trump and his supporters.