Speak Out: What Was Your First Pride Experience Like?
Image: Screencap from 5 Gum
The very first Gay Pride March was held on June 28, 1970 to mark the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and over the decades the tone and tenor of the Pride March has changed. Nevertheless, it still has the power to inspire and empower the members of our community that need that extra push.
Take, for instance, the story of 86-year-old photographer, Martin. As told on the Youtube channel 5 Gum, Martin discovered both his love for photography and his homosexuality at the age of 16. While he could openly display his love for photography, he had to keep his homosexuality a secret.
The fear was so real for Martin that he only actually came out at the age of 85, a decision that he deeply regrets.
“I regret being such a sissy, so nervous, so bloody shy,” he says tearfully in the video. “I’ve missed the boat with regards to finding a lovely partner.”
Martin then gives some advice to today’s LGBT youth, saying: “If you ask me, if you want to set up with another young guy, go ahead, do it. You’ve got it. You owe it to yourself, and to him.”
The video then focuses on the young LGBT people inspired by Martin’s story, before finally shifting to images of Martin enjoying his first Pride parade.
“Go to it. Be together. It’s wonderful,” Martin narrates as the video ends.
Watch it in full below:
Inspired by Martin’s story, we want to ask all of our Adam4Adam blog readers what their first experience at Pride was like. How old were you when you first participated in one? Was it an exhilarating experience? Was it a nerve-wracking one? We would love to hear all your stories! Share them with us in the comments section below. Happy pride month everyone! 🏳️🌈