>> Monday, May 30, 2016
After going to Birmingham Pride in 2015 I jumped at the opportunity to go again.
The most surreal experience of the day (which is saying something considering some of the fetish costumes about) was at 8am a bus load of Japanese tourists stopped off at Victoria Square, took lots of photos and disappeared again - 3 hours early for good photos I thought! Bizarre, I had no idea Birmingham was on the tourist trail!
But that is exactly what the day is for.
Very positive for us.
But mostly I just had an absolute ball.
I am so proud of how far our country has come in the past decade with diversity, inclusion, acceptance and law changes.
There was even one very public marriage proposal and one of the men was in a full white wedding gown (and not because of the proposal - that was sheer luck)
I made some new friends and I am very happy to have been able to catch up with an old friend.
Guiding offers amazing opportunities to be part of things I could never otherwise have been.
I am so lucky.