The roots of Pride can be traced back to the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York in 1969. These series of riots and backlash by the LGBTQ community against the police is widely regarded as the apex of North America’s gay liberation movement. This conflicts with the totalitarian police at a time when being gay was illegal in the USA, started at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich village - a gay hangout. Of course, the name would go on to be adopted by the UK-based Stonewall charity, which promotes and campaigns for equality for LGBTQ people across the world.
While western nations have made great strides in the past few decades to reduce stigmatisation and discrimination of non-binary individuals, sadly much persecution exists in other parts of the world. Being found “guilty” of being gay still carries the death penalty in four regions of the world, and recent high-profile regressions to LGBTQ rights in countries such as Russia and Brunei have highlighted there is still much work to be done. On homesoil, we’re thankfully a lot more progressive. But that doesn’t mean that anti-gay hate crime doesn’t occur. As recently as May, Melania and her partner Chris were the subject of a homophobic attack on a London bus after refusing to kiss for the entertainment of a group of young men. And this is the point of Pride events. It’s about embracing your identity and celebrating gay rights, whilst acknowledging that is still much work to be done both at home and overseas.
Seeing that club culture began in gay communities, it makes sense that there would be lots of Pride events up and down the country recognising the movement. While it was traditionally celebrated at the end of June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, nowadays Pride events have sprung-up in most UK cities and even in smaller towns up and down the country.
UK-wide promoters Percolate hook-up with gay disco collective Horse Meat Disco for two such shows - one at either end of the country. The first takes place in the capital for London Pride on Saturday 6th July, while the Manchester event is happening on Friday 23rd August. James, Jim, Luke and Severino take over E1 in Wapping, inviting trans-star Honey Dijon and meticulous selector Luke Solomon. At the other end of the M1 the boys are back for their third annual Pride bash. Both events are unmissable, depending on your location.
Heading back to London, and purveyors of XXX clubbing, Berlin Berlin return to Egg London for another bout of debauched all-night activity - also on 6th July. Featuring S&M dancers and operating a strict no-camera policy in line with the city they borrow their name, Berlin Berlin have invited some LGBTQ friends to join the celebration. Bloody Mary will headline, bringing acid techno to King’s Cross, while there are room takeovers from Homostash, Mønster Queen and Kuntskammer.
Tickets for all three events are on sale now.