006

The boy who dare not mention the fact he is gay to his work colleagues, grandparents and teammates in the cricket team can be open about his sexuality at Pride. Pride is that kind of environment, and Liverpool Pride is no exception. 2 August 2014 saw an abundance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit the streets of Liverpool in celebration of who they are; heterosexuals also turned up to support the LGBT community.

Katy B

Katy B

At roughly 11:40am, a glam fairy tale march through the city began. I was so happy to see Liverpool Football Club take part. Other participants included Merseyside police, University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Asda. A small number of protesters featured on route; gleeful marchers cheered even louder as they passed them. The parade was followed by performances from a variety of artists, including the energetic and talented Katy B.

010Liverpool Pride first happened five years ago and does so every year at the same time as the anniversary of Michael Causer’s death. He was a teenager from Whiston killed because he was gay. 2 August 2014 marked 6 years to the day he died. His mother, Marie Causer, led the Pride parade along with other members of the family and people from the Michael Causer Foundation. I asked her how important a response is Pride to the tragic death of her son. She answered: “It’s important but, at the same time, it shouldn’t have to be. Michael was killed for living the life that he chose to live. He was happy, everyone was happy for him. They shouldn’t have to come out and parade the street because of LGBT. They should be allowed to live how they want to live. They shouldn’t have to parade but, at the same time, I think it’s good for them to be able to come out and march. They’re out, they’re proud, so that’s it. If they feel they have to do that, well they have to do it”.

004Liverpool Pride 2014 took place on the same day I newspaper reported sentiments of the new chief executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt, who said preschool children should be educated about gay relationships. I wondered if Lyndsey Jamieson from Hugh Baird College (one of Pride’s sponsors) agreed. “Definitely,” she said, “it’s just a natural part of life; [there will be] lots of young children that do already have mum and mum parents or father and father parents so I don’t see any issue, there’s no reason to filter it out so early”.

The Michael Causer Foundation

The Michael Causer Foundation

The best thing about the day for me was seeing the crowd march on triumphantly and joyously despite the weather. “The rain didn’t put anyone off, did it?” I asked Marie Causer. “No, it didn’t,” she said, “snow, anything, wouldn’t put us off. Every year I’ll be here. I’ll lead them round. I’ll be stood in front of them”.

Marie Causer and other leaders of the parade

Marie Causer and other leaders of the parade

Comments are closed.

More LGBT adopters and foster carers needed in Britain

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week starts on 6th March

More LGBT adopters and foster carers are needed in 2017 to provide loving homes for children in Britain, according to […]

Review: Wonderland at New Theatre Oxford

Wonderland is at New Theatre Oxford until 25th February.

Sam Bennett In Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland, Alice (Rachael Wooding) lives in “the real world”. She’s 40 and her husband has […]

Appeal denies CPs to heterosexual couples

An appeal has ruled that civil partnerships will not be extended to heterosexual couples. The ruling was after an appeal […]

Royal Vauxhall Tavern granted sui generis status

Following a huge effort from RVT Future and the wider LGBTQ+ community last summer – including the submission of 600+ […]

Rainbow flags raised across the UK

Rainbow flags have appeared all over the UK to herald the start of LGBT History Month. Colleges across Oxford and […]

Lloyds named best employer for LGBT+

Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity […]