Been to the Suffolk Pride today and i’m just writing up the things that has happend.
So, i’ll start of with, left home, got on bus, realised i forgot my wallet and a couple of bottle water. Oh well, i have my phone to listen to my music with…….. Got on train, looked in bag…….. forgot phone. -_-
So the whole train trip was ok, except at the start, i wasn’t meant to jump straight on as soon as the train arrives, they do a bit of cleaning before they let people on. Oops.
Got to Ipswich (first visit ever!), found the waterfront easily, but not where the stages were. I was where the parade march would’ve started. So i got to talking to some volunteers and asked where the stages are then genereal chit-chat, where i was from, how old i am, etc. Then i walked with one of the volunteers (I think his name was Ed, not sure) to the main pride area where the main stage plus stalls were while the parade was marching very slowly behind us. Got to the stage and met my good friend Hannah, who was in charge of the main stage, so she was very busy.
Then i went to sit on the grass opposit of the stage and watch this drag performer Titty Trash being host (and slightly bad singer), for the day and brought on a Brazillian band called “Bafo da onca” who, i believe, was the band thumping in front of the parade. They played their different songs for about half an hour then they leave with Titty Trash coming for the first time, waved away the group then sang a bit (badly) and introduced my friends band “Voter Kernel“. And they played greatly like they do. They even fit in there anti-TERF song “TERF War“, which has, just yesterday, got uploaded onto their Soundcloud.
During all that, while sitting on my arse, I was eating some of my food then after Voter finished got up and had a quick walk around. Went into a big tent where various local organisations, some government, where displaying there stuff about what they do. So i just browsed and….. browsed. I also talked to a woman (can’t remember her name, sorry!) who goes to the same trans meetings that i go to. She works for Victim Support (I think).
Afterwards i listend to another band. From Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, “Horse Party” (Awesome band name!). This was the first time listening to them and they rock my boat. They were good, totally my kind of music….. Loud! After that another Suffolk Pride volunteer saw me and recognised me! Apparently, this guy recognised me from Twitter and said thanks to all the tweets (and Retweets) that i made to mention the pride event, which was really cool! So thanks for that Will (i hope i havn’t got these names wrong!!)
Then i walked around a bit more, found the Acoustic Stage, which i didn’t spend much time at all through the day and looked at a couple of stalls that were selling jewellry, belt buckles LGBT ties, etc. Then i got talking to another volunteer, Amy. Who, it occured to me while talking, is also Trans, I thought she was cis, just like I thought Hannah was cis the first time i meet her! Amy was quite nice and found it quite interesting talking to another young Trans person as I only know Trans people older than me, which is cool.
Now, I just realised that this is all in a random order these events, as i can’t remember how everything happend in order so i’ll move on the next things i remember.
I listend to a bit of a speach by speaker Elly Barnes, talking about how LGBT people are different to Heteorsexuals and telling people that talking to teachers at schools to increse awareness about young LGBT students because that, bizarrely, isn’t coverd by teacher training courses. Which is a very good idea that parents should do. Not me though, I don’t have kids.
I listend to a bit of another band (that i almost forgot about, oops) who comes from Ipswich itself, named “The Invisible Monsters“. They were loud too, love that kind of music where it’s loud rock bands! 😀
Also listend to a bit of a Pink cover band called “M!ss Understood“, which I didn’t pay too much attention too. It isn’t that i dislike Pink, i don’t, but it just didn’t interest me much. After that, i said goodbye to Hannah and made my way home.
Other bands and speakers i have missed are: “Rajiv” (not a band), “Lost Lungs“, “The Handsome Dead“, Dan Bunker (speaker), “Elephant in the Room“, “Finding Frank”, Hannah Scott (Not my friend, a different Hannah), Janine, Jessica Alice, “Fern Teather Band” and James Morgan.
So, i got home (already said that) and i am absolutly stinging hurting, from getting sunburns on my arms, face, chest and back. But it was a good day!
Next up, in 35 days from today, Norwich Pride. 😀
NB: Janine did have a facebook page but it came up blank and Finding Frank and Bato da Onca doesn’t appear to have websites, FB profiles, Titter, soundcloud or anything else. Sorry!