Manchester Pride 2012: A Reflective View
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In May, my best friend asked me if I wanted to attend Manchester Pride with them. I said 'yes' as I knew it would be fun. However, when some people found out that I was going to Manchester Pride they were like "Oh you're going to Manchester's 'GAY' Pride". The word gay was made to stand out. However, Manchester Pride is nothing like that.
Having experienced Manchester Pride, I found that it is a place where you can be yourself. It doesn't matter if you're gay, straight, bisexual or transgender, Manchester Pride is a place where everyone is welcome. I myself found that I was able to be who I wanted to be. I found that Manchester Pride helped me to define myself as a person and helped to improve my confidence. It is a place where everyone is free and no one stops anyone from being who they are. Differences do not matter in Manchester Pride as everyone has a sense of value.
For those who are unsure what Manchester Pride is, it is an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival. Manchester Pride took place from 24th-27th August. Some acts perform over the course of the weekend. Some of the acts included Steps, 2 Shoes, Amelia Lily, former S Club 7 singer Tina Barrett, Misha B and many more. People from all over united to celebrate Manchester Pride.
Reflecting back, I feel that Manchester Pride was a fantastic experience. I would recommend anyone to attend Manchester Pride no matter who they are. Don't be put off by the whole Manchester 'GAY' Pride as it is not all about that. It is a place you can be yourself and it can be a life changing experience.