Our belly dance group, Bahiti, joined a host of performers in Milton Keynes for its first gay pride event on Saturday. The day included live music, dancing and various stalls in Campbell Park, as well as the main parade through the city.
It was our biggest audience yet and as we took to the large stage, we were surrounded by around 500 gay, lesbian and transgender residents, families & friends who were holding their heads high and enjoying the performances on offer. We were lucky to have such sunny weather and a very supportive crowd.
The atmosphere was so chilled out that the nerves soon disappeared and as far as events go, this was the most enjoyable to date. Joint organizer Jo Green told Milton Keynes Citizen newspaper “Our aim is to raise awareness and encourage inclusive behaviour. Milton Keynes is vibrant, young, energetic and colourful and we should be allowed to celebrate this.”
The event was also supported by the openly gay MP for Milton Keynes, Iain Stewart.