This year Iya – Louisa’s teamed up with Neika Beauty Studios to support Gloucestershire Pride. We went out to meet the supporters of pride, have a chat, a laugh, dish out some great discount codes and talk about our new competition! (More on that later) Pride has come along massively since I was younger and yesterday it looked like the biggest turn out yet; more drag, more young people and a lot more love.
However, pride is not all sunshine and rainbows. There is more to pride than just a party. Although the LGBTQIAP community is becoming more and more accepted, there is still a need to march and stand up for equality in laws, and to stand up against hate. That is why every Gloucestershire Pride starts with a march through the city centre and ends in Gloucester park where the celebration of differences really begin. This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK which, when you put it into context, was really not that long ago. Around the outside of the party and among some of the games are stalls with a little more seriousness. Mental health, sexual health, adoption and community help stalls are there every year to lend a helping hand. This is where people who feel excluded can really start to feel accepted, and that is what pride is about; acceptance for all.
Why did I want to be a part of pride? Pride is for everyone including heterosexuals, and when it comes to love, I’ve also experienced my fair share of hate. When I was younger, rumours went around school about me being a lesbian, despite the fact I had a boyfriend at the time. If this was happening now would I care? Of course not. I’d laugh, I’d make jokes etc… But when you’re younger and in a school environment, it means everything. Being called names was a big deal. Crying in the changing room because of just a small bunch of b*tches in PE. Some people go through this every single day of their lives and honestly, its mentally draining. Now name calling is nothing compared to some things… Would this be acceptable if it was against, let’s say, black people?
Speaking to the amazing supporters of pride it became apparent that everyone was in agreement. Everyone was there for the same thing; to get rightfully deserved equality when it came to love and sexuality and to make friends and make everyone feel accepted and welcome into the LGBTQIAP Community. From straight supporters to a transgender mother with her pansexual wife and beautiful son. Love is love and should be recognised as such. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the great people I spoke to, and with the help of Neika Beauty Studios, everyone in the pictures below received a 10% off voucher for beauty treatments! Keep reading for our competition details to win a free beauty treatment!
How to enter:
Terms and conditions :
Photo must be taken in aid of Gloucestershire pride. Prize is a free beauty treatment with Neika Beauty Studios for the value of £15 or £15 off a treatment. Completion winners will be announced 7pm Monday 19th June 2017 on the instagram accounts. No cash alternatives. All prizes subject to availability.