It's coming out, it's coming out.......
You may have missed it because there has been some other stuff dominating the news.... But on Saturday 25th June the Annual LGBT Pride in London Parade and celebrations took place, if you didn't attend, then I hope this article will at least make you think you might next year.
This was the first year for Proud and Palace to join the Parade as part of the Pride in Football group that is made up of LGBT fan groups from clubs across the country and across the leagues.
And I must say, It's a truly odd day when you find yourself having a decent chat with a Charlton fan (actually we still await that day) sorry Rob! ;-)
Anyhow back to the day itself we gathered at parade start along with fans from Forest, Spurs, Arsenal, Pompey, Notts County, Man City, Charlton, Ipswich, Norwich, and West Ham.
Despite this being Pride there really were three topics of conversation; Brexit, Orlando and Woy's boys. And aside from Orlando this is probably the topic for majority of the country right now.
I'd like to focus on Orlando, I think we are all tired of the other two topics... Even more after Iceland.
This pride was for many reasons, the most important for years. Following the sickening murders in Orlando, when a group of perfectly decent people were murdered for what they are, a great many LGBT people were reminded that as much as things have improved (and they have improved) we still need to be prepared to raise our voices as one and show the world that we are present in all areas of society, and we make a great contribution to that society too.
This is why Pride in Football is important, it’s giving real visibility to that fact that every club in the land has some LGBT supporters, you would necessarily know who they are, but they are there.
As we processed through the streets, it was truly heartening to hear familiar Palace chants that are often heard at Selhurst being directed to our group………special thanks to the lady singing “you know it’s true, we’re red n blue”. As a group we adopted and adapted, the Frank Skinner and David Baddiel hit, footballs coming home to ‘footballs coming out’, and it was particularly nice that David Baddiel tweeted his support of this.
The importance of pride cannot underestimated and in these turbulent times, it’s real reminder of the many great things about our society in that this event happens and attracts such huge and supportive crowds.
Once the parade had finished, we did what most football fans would do, we went to the Pub and watched N Ireland v Wales, and at the time I thought it was a terrible match………but I later re-adjusted my thoughts on what a terrible match looks like by watching England v Iceland.
Bring on Pre-Season with CPFC!!
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