Members of the LGBT community in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire are happy to welcome their first ever Pride event, which will be running on August 26, 2017 from 2pm in Frogmoor. The celebration will include a rally, parade and after party. Lucy Auger, a student at University of East Anglia and local LGBT activist, managed the organization of this astonishing event. She had asked many notable LGBT figures to take part in the celebration. Among them are: Emily Brothers, the first transgender Labour Party parliamentary candidate; Nicola Field, a founding member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and Noorulann Shahid, NUS LGBT+ Officer. They all confirmed the attendance.
Mrs. Auger explained her plans for the march in such words: “The reason Pride events still happen is because there is still animosity towards LGBT+ people and there are still lesbian, gay and bisexual people, who don’t feel comfortable holding hands with their partners in public, and trans people who are victims of alarming rates of violence and bullying. I want to help change that, so that the next generation of LGBT+ people growing up in Wycombe can feel comfortable and supported by the people around them, and hopefully High Wycombe’s first pride will be a contribution towards that”. Earlier, she had also organized several events in Norwich. The local Pride parade attracts thousands of attendees from the city and beyond annually.
Chris Jarvis, another organizer for the event, acknowledged that they expect more than 300 people to attend, many of whom had expressed their interest within the social media.