So unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all day, you’ve probably heard the incredible news that none other than BRITNEY BLOODY SPEARS is headlining Brighton Pride this year. There’s been screaming, there’s been tears and I nearly missed my bus this morning due to all the commotion – nobody can quite believe it! A huge well done to the Pride organisers for pulling that one off – just a little tiny step up from Joe McElderry just a few years ago, right?!
However, whilst this is insanely exciting and I have no doubt that it will be a Pride to remember, I have a few concerns. Since the announcement was made, I’ve heard/read countless comments along the lines of ‘well I wouldn’t normally go, but I have to see Britney!’ or ‘OMG, Britney is headlining! Definitely worth going this year!’ – and it’s troubling me. Yes, Britney will be there and you’re allowed to enjoy that and being excited is okay, but make sure you are attending for the right reasons. It is NOT a Britney concert, and you shouldn’t be going there just to see Britney. It’s an LGBT pride celebration, a fight for LGBT rights, and we cannot forget that amidst all of the excitement.
I’m not saying it’s all bad – pride is about awareness as much as anything else, and people attending who wouldn’t normally be there is only going to increase that. I also know that acts are booked every year, and I have no doubt that some people came just to watch Years & Years in 2017 – but Britney is a whole different ball game.
I am not saying that people shouldn’t come, in fact I think it’s incredible that so many people will be there. Just come in support of LGBT people, not in support of Britney Spears. All I ask is that everyone who buys a ticket does 3 things:
Check your privilege
If you’re not part of the LGBT community yourself, you are an ally (or hopefully you are!). Being an ally is about showing your support, and that includes realising that Pride isn’t necessarily for you. Be respectful of our space, protect your LGBT friends and family, and make sure to remember the real reason why you’re there.
Read up on Stonewall. Watch Paris Is Burning. Forget RuPaul’s Drag Race. Watch Pride (on Netflix!) for a real insight into the history of the event – I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet!
Spread the word
If you know other people who will be going, encourage them to do the same. If someone keeps referring to it as ‘Britney’, remind them that it’s Pride – and that if they just want to see Britney, she’s going to be at the O2 so they can go to that instead.
I like to party at Pride as much as the next person, and I have no problem with that at all! We’re lucky enough that these days it IS a celebration (for the most part), but I’m careful to never let that distract me from the bigger picture. I won’t be there this year (it clashes with Bestival!), and I hope everyone has an amazing time – and fly the flag for LGBT rights fucking high as you do!
What do you think about the news? Do you think Pride will be a completely different ball game this year?