Hi there, and welcome to the first ever blog of Sheppey Pride 2019!

It’s a way of keeping all our lovely supporters and followers up to date with news, views and events. Our committee meetings are always busy with lots on the agenda. This week we concentrated on the Quiz Night, being held at the Sheerness Co-operative Sports and Social club this coming Saturday night (27th Oct) 7pm. Please just send us a message via Facebook or the website if you would like to reserve a table. All are very welcome, there is disabled access and children can come along too.

We have so much to organise for next year, the amount of work is crazy but we are determined to put on a great Pride weekend and we aim to become the Sheppey event of the year.

This time 34 years ago, Bronski Beat released the album “The Age of Consent” The track “Small Town Boy” became an anthem of the time for gay youth and their fight to be accepted as equal, and enshrine those equal rights in law.

The video for the track was ground breaking, showing scenes of parental rejection and “queer bashing”. These were things that I had no clue about as an 18-year-old heterosexual white female, it shocked me and I wanted to find out more. I remember listening to my Sony Walkman, waiting at Sittingbourne station for the Sheerness shunter listening to that cassette over and over. And as the producer of the album, Mike Thorne said, “We’ve all been alone on the platform at some time”

Jimmy Somerville recently said of the album “My purpose was truth, my emotions, my desires, my hopes, my sexuality, my life. I was fearless and driven by the everyday politics of discrimination. I didn’t set out to be a ‘pop star’. I set out to be a troublemaker.”

Pride is about celebrating what we have, how far we have come and pushing forward with what we have still to achieve. This is why we want to push Sheppey pride forward, and we hope that the local community will push forward with us and embrace it.

More next week, bye!

Teresa Turpin

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