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Edinburgh celebrates its Humans of Pride in new photo portrait series

Edinburgh celebrates its Humans of Pride in new photo portrait series

Sam Callahan and Blaze | Photos: Courtesy of Pride Edinburgh

Ahead of this year’s Pride Edinburgh, organizers have launched an initiative focused on the people who are making Pride great.

Humans of Pride Edinburgh is a photographic project putting a spotlight on the everyday lives of the LGBTI community.

Think Humans of New York with a queer spin. The photo project showcases the beauty and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Pride Edinburgh

Pride Edinburgh returns on 22 June with the unapologetic theme This Is Me.

The march will kick off at 11:30am at Parliament. After the parade, the festival will begin at 2pm in Bristo Square, the site of Manchester Airport Los Angeles Stage produced by Monumental Marketing.

A few days away from the march, Pride Edinburgh has asked its lineup acts to reflect on the meaning of Pride.

This is why we do Pride Edinburgh

‘Pride to me is essential to the LGBTI community. With this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, it’s crucial we come together and remind ourselves why there is a Pride to begin with,’ local drag artist Jordy Deelight said.

‘Two years ago I marched with my best friend’s sister who was recently out as part of the LGBTI community. I took pride in getting to celebrate her first Pride together and being a part of her journey.’

‘Now I get to co-host this year’s Pride main stage, and I can’t wait to share the experience with thousands of young individuals who will also be there for their first time, and the countless returning with families and friends whom give us a reason to leave our houses and remind ourselves “this is why we do it,”‘ he also said.

We’ll march until everyone can be themselves

‘Pride is a celebration of love and also a show of strength within our community and with our allies to send a message to the world. Although we have come a long way in breaking down stigmas and getting more equal rights for everyone, there’s still some way to go and we will keep fighting,’ says drag queen Mary Mac.

‘It is so important that we still march and come together because there are many, many people around the world and even in our own country who sadly can’t, whether because of the threat of criminal action or through personal situations.

‘We have to show them that we are here for them, one huge loving community and we will march and attend Pride until everyone can safely and proudly be who they truly are.’

Pride celebrates the very fabulous part of yourself

‘To me personally, having Pride is to have the confidence, self-belief and quite frankly the nerve to be exactly who I am in the face of people who can’t handle the diversity I represent,’ Blaze (real name Jamie Grandison) said.

‘In all honesty, being gay is only one of many things that make me who I am, but your local Pride is a day celebrating that one very fabulous part of yourself. You get the opportunity to come together with a community like-minded people, and simply celebrate yourself! How camp!’

Being yourself at all costs

‘For me, Pride represents being yourself at all costs,’ Marcello Spooks said.

‘Having the belief in your character to shine bright and make your make wherever you step foot. Never allowing other people to make you second guess yourself and demonstrating supreme confidence which enables you to be the best you can be.’

The hip hop artist continued: ‘Pride is important to me as it is a moment to celebrate all of these qualities. It isn’t easy to build yourself up in a world surrounded by doubt and criticism. But Pride is a time where all of us can express our love for being happy with who we are.’

Straight allies at Pride Edinburgh

‘To me, Pride is more than just about who you love or how you identify sexuality-wise,’ said Sam Callahan.

‘Pride is about being taking pride in who you truly are, no matter your race, sexuality, the way you look or anything else that may indeed mean you often stand out from the crowd,’ the former X Factor contestant continued.

‘It’s about celebrating our unique differences. It’s coming together to understand that we’re all proudly standing tall whilst fighting our own battles and allowing each and every individual to express themselves without judgement. All while being part of a fantastically glorious day,’ he also said.

‘As a straight man, I can’t begin to pretend that I know what it must be like to “come out”. I don’t know how it feels like to deal with noticing the differences in your sexuality and mindset throughout what is already a challenging process in this day and age of growing up throughout your teenage years and into adult life. And you often have to deal with the judgement of ignorant and old fashioned people.’

Honored to perform at Pride

‘However, I am very honored to have been accepted by the LGBTI community and have it be such a vast part of my fanbase. Of course, to be invited to perform so often at LGBTI and Pride events has been a privilege that not many will possibly get to experience.’

‘I love seeing people express themselves at these events, I love seeing the love and the community feel.’

‘It’s wonderful that these “coming together” events to celebrate both our similarities and our differences are now in 2019 so widely attended. I’m truly and utterly proud to be a part of such an inspiring occasion.’

All pictures courtesy of Pride Edinburgh

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