The new rules of Pride
Olivia Jones offers some advice on riding the rainbow to Pride nirvana
Pride parades are like a beautiful ship setting sail. They signify the start of an incredible weekend of celebrations. The hustle and bustle of everyone getting into position is adrenaline inducing. Your queer little heart squeals at the excitement of seeing hundreds of other queer little hearts just like you.
Once you notice the magnificence of the floats, you realise how hundreds of hours of hard work have gone into making them. The summer sky sets the backdrop as your head tilts towards an overwhelming sight o people living their best lives. As you gaze up, you remember that living their best lives is often a struggle; but not today, not with you cheering them on. They drift past, flowing through a channel that has been created just for them, your presence ensuring them a safe passage.
Now, for some, this event will be like the best all-inclusive cruise you could ever imagine. For others, it will be like the Titanic and in order to avoid the potential icebergs ahead, I've written some guidelines. We'll call them The New Rules Of Pride.
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