Saturday 8th June 2019 saw the FIRST EVER Cambridge Pride! For me, this was the best news I had heard in a while.
I went to Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for my undergraduate degree, and it is in fact the city and time period where I realised I was bisexual. Cambridge was my home, and I still call it my second home every now and then, so it holds a very special place in my heart. So, of course, when I heard they were having their first ever Pride, I JUST HAD TO GO!
I woke up early, showered, and made my way to the train station to catch the 9:12am train from Kings Cross to ensure I would make it to Cambridge with plenty of time to get to Jesus Green and find a good place to stand to watch the parade (WHICH WAS ON THE RIVER! They had their parade ON THE RIVER CAM! How Cambridge can you get????)
And despite the rainy weather at the start, the rest of the day did not disappoint! There was music, dancing, comedy, laughter, so so much love and inclusion… I must say, I have never been prouder of a city than I was of Cambridge this past weekend.
The turnout of the event wasn’t as busy as previous Prides I have been to, but I think that is what I liked most about it? If there had been too many people, the event would have felt overcrowded, but there was this perfect amount of people where the field didn’t feel overcrowded but it did not feel sparse either.
Head over to my Instagram page www.instagam.com/jade.tog.ldn and you will find more images and video footage that I took from the day. And if I didn’t need to be in London early Sunday morning, I would have definitely stayed overnight to go to an after party! But until then, I will be waiting eagerly for next years Cambridge pride where I am sure that it will be bigger and better!
As for the Sunday… I was looking forward to…
Pride in London held their first 10k run at Hyde Park on the 9th June, and of course… I HAD TO RUN.
Having had done marathons and half-marathons in the past, I thought that a 10k run would be super easy! I used to run 7k every week last year when I was with a running group! 10k would be a piece of cake!
But… I forgot a vital thing. I am terrible with running in heat. I hadn’t anticipated it to be that warm that I would feel the struggle. In the shade, it was glorious, in the sun, it was hard.
Arriving at the registration I got my bib, took my bag to the drop-off and sat patiently to start. Much like the day before, there was not as many people as I thought there would be; probably 600 participants at most. But, again, I think that made the event better. If there had been any more people then it would have been difficult to get around the park easily. I might also point out that I had a cape that had the bisexual flag colours on it, which added to the heat… safe to say by the end of the first lap I had taken it off and threw it to a volunteer xD
But the overall vibe of the day was the same as the one at Cambridge pride, it was welcoming, it was friendly, it was encouraging. It was full of love. And I got a shiny Pride medal!
For both events there were people of all shapes and sizes, sexualities and ethnicities. There was inclusion all around and it was beautiful to see.
So if you are part of the LGBT community or an ally, I highly recommend taking part in both events next year in one way or another.
Because I can’t be in London for Pride this year, I was determined to make this weekend full of pride happiness and celebrate being a proud bisexual woman. And I succeeded.
YAY TO THE GAY!
Which Pride’s are you going to this year? Which ones have you already been to? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time, my B.A.Bs