This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots – a monumental moment in LGBTQ + history, kicking off the modern battle for equality. Therefore, this year, Pride Pride, taking place in London this weekend, is especially profound and the Once upon a time there was a girl who really loved Otters and tacos shirt! Pride is a time to celebrate the difference, remember and celebrate the tenacity, perseverance, and solidarity of the LGBTQ + community and reflect the progress made to create an equal society. I have been involved with the LGBTQ + community for many years and consider myself an ally.
Moving to London seven years ago from the Lancashire countryside and only knowing one person in London – a childhood friend who was a proud gay man – my formative years in London spent most of Soho and Vauxhall, two iconic LGBTQ + obsessions. I make friends and be enthralled by the ‘children’s club, a group of the most quirky, creative and unique individuals and the Once upon a time there was a girl who really loved Otters and tacos shirt! I love going to the tow shows at the infamous Royal Vauxhall Tavern and most of me love the positive attention I get by other people in the community who have commented on the meaning of my unique outfit.
My insolent personality and that person, to some degree, empathize with me as a disabled woman, because many of them have experienced prejudice and discrimination only. Once upon a time, there was a girl who really loved Otters and tacos shirt and simply themselves. I have always loved the characteristics behind pride – to make people proud of their bodies, sex, and appearance. However, while my experience is mostly positive, I think more can be done to include people with disabilities.