This week, in the lead up to Glasgow Pride, we decided to interview some of our writers to find out what Pride means to them!
What’s your name, age and where do you come from?
Hi Cilla, my name’s Rhianna, I’m 25 and I’m originally from Ely but I live in Glasgow
Why did you get involved in the Gay Agenda?
I am very opinionated. I think we need more outlets to discuss issues for queer women in the UK
What do you write about?
Queer issues, trans* issues and books!
What do you do in real life?
I’m about to start an MRes in Equality and Human Rights, I work in a museum and I read a lot of books.
Why is Pride important to you?
It’s a really good platform for campaigning on the current issues for queer and LGBT people and you feel part of a community out in the street. You know you can hold hands with your girlfriend and won’t get shouted at for it.
What is your best and worst part of pride?
The people are the best bit. Everyone’s so happy to be out regardless of the weather or whatever else might be going on. The worst bit is all the commercialisation. All the pubs, clubs and the like that turn up to promote their drink prices and don’t give a shit about the protest part. Pride isn’t about pubs.
What’s your must-have item for Pride?
Rainbow clothes! I don’t fit in for many reasons – one of those is my fashion sense or lack thereof – and it’s nice to not be judged for wearing rainbow flares. Well not too judged.
If you had a placard for Pride what would it say?
“Gender Extender”. Actually it would probably say “Fuck gender binaries”.
What’s you Pride soundtrack?
Androgyny – Garbage
Best ever Pride you’ve been to?
The all merge into one actually. Probably Pride Glasgow a couple of years ago. I can’t remember what I was getting a petition signed for but I got a few hundred signatures and talked to loads of people. It was great.
What are you proud of?
I’m proud of us. I’m proud that we fight for our rights and how we fight for them. We are creative campaigners: we march, we blog, we have catchy chants, historically we’ve staged die ins and kiss ins. We are a movement changing the world one chant at a time.