Pride events offer a great opportunity to come together and celebrate diversity in a safe and relaxed environment. But as we celebrate how far we have come, we must reflect on our history and be thankful to everyone who stood up for our rights before us. The Stonewall riots began when LGBT+ people decided that enough was enough! They bravely fought back and said no! No more! They demanded equality for both themselves and ALL LGBT+ people. Without their brave actions, the many positive changes that have been made since then would never have happened. We MUST therefore continue their hard work and raise our voices against discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, bullying, and hate. Sadly, even today homosexuality is still illegal in 69 countries. Although it is legal here in Britain, many of our community still face abuse. Equality is not quite there. It seems ‘acceptance’ often comes with restrictions, rather than an overall understanding that we are all just the same, we are all human, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT+ hate crime is on the rise, nearly tripling in numbers over the last 5 years, and that is just those that have been reported. Discrimination comes in many forms. The pointing and laughing. The refusal to use a person’s correct name. The ‘you are welcome here, so long as you don’t hold hands’. And so the list goes on … So, yes, Pride is still needed in 2021!