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 John Sizzle, Co-Owner of The Glory.
GLL: What does Pride mean to you?
J: As a venue owner I think ‘Pride’ 365 days a year. The Glory & all queer venues ARE pride. We are a community built on our similarities and our differences. This is our strength. So, to me pride is power.
GLL: Tell us about your first Pride experience, what & where was it?
J: I think it must have been 1987, outside the old Town Hall on Jubilee Gardens….which I think is the London Aquarium now. Jimmy Sommerville and Sinead O’Connor were on stage and these were the dark years of Thatcher’s reign so there was politics in the air but also a sense of ‘don’t fuck with us’ punky joy too. It; was one of the first times I ever felt the force of queer power.
GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?
J: Getting wankered with my mates in the sun.
GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?
J: There was the time back at the beginning of the East London alt-drag anarchy with Jonny Woo and crew that we went on the march in drag on top of a jeep…..
GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?
J: We still live in a heteronormative world. We need to show those fuckers that we’re here, we’re queer and we’re not to be messed with. Respect is due to EVERYONE under the LGBTQI+ umbrella so don’t fuck with our rights!
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