One event I missed whilst away was Gloucestershire Pride 08 on Saturday 9th August. Having supported this in the past it was a shame to miss - but I heard from other Green party members that attended that hundreds of people took part -
starting at 1pm outside the Shire Hall in Gloucester with a short rally then march to Llanthony Secunda Priory for music and more. Huge congrats to the organisers. See video here - and see petition below re asylum rights.
Photo: Rainbow Day 2006
Last year’s torrential July rain and subsequent flooding led to the cancellation of Pride events last year - a great pity after the success of the first celebration in Gloucestershire the previous year.
Gloucestershire Pride is the only Gay Pride on the ‘M5 corridor’ between Birmingham and Plymouth. Also 2008 is the 30th anniversary of the now internationally-recognised “Rainbow Flag”. This was designed by Gilbert Baker and first seen at what is now San Francisco Gay Pride in June 1978. See more re getting Rainbow flags flying on Council buildings here to celebrate the day.Gloucestershire Pride 2009 is due to be held in Cheltenham on Saturday August 8, with Gloucester hosting again in 2010. See details here:
Plus see a Green party sponsored petition on the Government to review the way LGBT asylum seekers are treated: