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Pride Month Series: Argyris from Beefmince

To celebrate pride month, throughout June we will be asking “What does Pride mean to you?” We’ve spoken to people from across our vibrant scene and community.

Today we spoke to Argyris from Bear Full Attitude Free, resident club at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, BEEFMINCE!

Here’s what he has to say…

GLL : What does Pride mean to you?

A: Pride exist to reminds us of our LGBTQ+ history. We did not always have the rights we have now; it was only in 1967 that the Sexual Offences Act legalised homosexual activities in England and Wales; the first gay marriage did not take place until 2014. Instead, hate crime is on the wrong side of the law now. Pride means we continue to be visible and fight for equality, diversity and inclusion.

GLL: Tell us about your first Pride experience, what & where was it?

A: Soho, the early 2000s – when I first landed in London, probably outside The Kings Arms on Poland Street. As a promoter, my first Pride was the actual birth of BEEFMINCE in 2015, while our other party, Hot Fuzz, was still going! We noticed a bear-shaped gap during London Pride 2014, so we decided to put our minds together and put a huge pride party for the following year. We secured Corsica Studios for London Pride 2015 and BEEFMINCE was born.

GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?

A: Visibility for all, and particularly our queer elders. The corporatisation of Pride is a new thing and there is now this ongoing debate whether kink should be allowed to a “family event”. Well, Pride is for those 80-year-old leather daddies first and foremost, there are numerous other kid-friendly events. They are the ones who fought our fight during those first riots, together with drag queens and black trans women. They are the ones who lost their loved ones to HIV/AIDS. Erasing kink erases part of our history and our identity.  

GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?

A: Stockholm Pride 2016 when I was DJing at the famous Underklädesfesten Party with my friend Petter (House of Wallenberg) at the Södra Teatern. This Underwear Party is legendary: Drag Race royalty, Detox was dancing right by my DJ booth. It takes place only once a year, on the Thursday of Stockholm Pride and attracts visitors from all over Europe. The event is always sold out and it’s one of the year’s most talked-about, loved and awaited happenings where all sorts of sexualities, gender identities, body types and ages shake it up in just panties and briefs.

GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?

A: Pride is more than just a celebration. It’s a protest. It’s still illegal to be LGBT+ in 70 countries, and you could be given the death penalty in 12. The fight is not over. We’re here, we’re queer, and all the rest of it! Happy Pride everyone! x

You can keep up to date about everything BEEfMINCE here www.beefmince.co.uk

Beefmince at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Photo by FD Photos

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