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Pride Month Series: Christoper Amos

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 Christoper Amos, Director of Hating Peter Tatchell, out on Netflix
(excluding Australia and New Zealand ) and available to stream now!

Hating Peter Tatchell. Availble to stream now on Netflix.

Here’s what he had to say when we asked all about Pride:

GLL: What does Pride mean to you?

CA: I was raised by two lesbian mothers, which wasn’t easy in a small town. Pride for me is an annual reminder there are more battles to win for the international queer community, for lesbian visibility, trans rights, and LGBT+ freedom in countries where your natural sexuality is still a crime.

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

CA: Sydney Mardi Gras as a spectator in my early twenties. The crowds on the sidewalk were ten deep, with people standing on milk crates to watch. I recall being fascinated by the show of support from all walks of life, the visibility, the proudness, the fun! This was a long way from how I felt at boarding school being bullied daily by other boarders taunting me with “Gaymos!” These days I am proud to be Gaymos!

GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?

CA: Participating in any community events that surround pride is always a highlight of the summer for me. Whether it’s marching in the parade or attending art exhibitions or watching queer films.

Christopher Amos. Photo by Instagram/itsjustrenan

GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?

CA: There are so many to choose from. But one standout memory is from the time I was a magazine editor at Bent Magazine. I hired a stretch limo and plastered colour cutouts of LGBT+ celebrities all over the windows. With fake body parts stuck in the doors, as though the famous gay celebs were all stuck inside. Was a really fun memorable moment with my close friends then. In recent years marching with Peter Tatchell has been heartwarming, seeing the well-deserved reception he receives. 

GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?

CA: It’s great to celebrate the victories, but I truly believe a sense of community is vital for our well-being. For many LGBT+ people, Pride is their coming out moment, they no longer feel alone. We should celebrate but we need to also bring awareness to the persecution of LGBT+ brothers and sisters across the world not so fortunate to have their sexual freedom.

BTW, the last London Pride I took part in I filmed and made this video for fun.

Check it out here!

 

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