a photo of Jake and his best friend. Jake has his arm around his friends shoulders and they are standing side to side. They are both young men, with straight short brown hair swept to the side and light skin. They both wear black shirts, and Jake is wearing a leather jacket. They are both holding mostly empty plastic cups of drink and are smiling looking at the camera.  In the background is a large castle like building, a ice cream truck, and lots of other people all milling about

Jake

Vice Chair and Sponsorship Manager

Hey there I’m Jake (on the right) vice chair and sponsorship manager for Newbury pride.

One of my first prides was when I 19 at Chester pride 2015. It was the first LGBT+ event I ever attended with one of best friends and first partner on one of our first dates. To be honest I never really believed in pride thinking that straight people didn’t need a day so why should we? Back then not feeling fully comfortable with myself and not understanding why pride is so important, not understanding the battles fought to get us where we are today.

I believe pride is so important because not only is it a political statement, but also a sign of visible acceptance within that community.

That day truly changed my views and to see a day where everyone from the LGBT was welcome and accepted, to make a statement that all just be accepted in society, none being marginalised. That it was my own internal battle and comfort with myself that warped my views on pride.

I believe pride is so important because not only is it a political statement, but also a sign of visible acceptance within that community. That there are people in that town, city or country that fully accept you for who you are. That the involvement and support of local charities, health org, public organisations and even private businesses are working towards being as accepting and driving for equality for the LGBT+ community.

Now there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality and many of the LGBT+ community still are not treated equally and actively discriminated against. The work that prides and LGBT organisations is critical to bring people together to drive for change, drive for acceptance and drive for a future that will be better for all of us. Supporting each other and working together is how we do this, Much love to you all this pride month and remember Newbury pride is always here for you to get in touch with. We are here for supporting the community however we can ❤️❤️ x

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