Today we spoke to the ICONIC, Jonbenet Blonde!
Here’s what they had to say:
GLL: What does Pride mean to you?
JB: Pride is such a special time to me, it always takes me back to being a 16 year old and travelling to Belfast and hiding behind bins trying not to be in pictures so my family would never find out. It’s a time of reflection to look back at what those before us stood up for and fought for my generation to be able to stand up and be proud, come out to your family, be who you are. I’m a big believer that we must look back to look forward and remember all that has been given to us because in the moments it is tough now we can’t imagine what our elders went through. Pride really is a celebration about who we are and celebrating the fact we can love who we want be that our partner, family or chosen family.
GLL: Tell us about your first Pride experience, what & where was it?
JB: Well the first one I mentioned in my above question but the first Pride I was involved and marched proudly in I was 18 and it was Belfast Pride marching in Drag as Army Barbie. I don’t remember a time when I felt freer, i had come out to my parents a few years before and had a new chosen family around me and I remember the feeling of love and happiness in the air. It made me proud to be me.
GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?
JB: I’m very lucky in the family and friends I have that we celebrate each other every day but I know that for a lot of people that isn’t true, I love doing a show and seeing all the new people and hearing people’s stories of traveling down to be at their first Pride or coming to the likes of Sink The Pink for the first time and walking into a space that there is thousands of people like them, the smiles and joy in their face.. I mean it doesn’t get better than that.
GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?
JB: In 2019 I was part of a tour with Melanie C and Sink The Pink where we basically went around the world performing at Pride events, we started in Sao Paulo with 3 Million people in the streets. With the current political climate in Sao Paulo it felt like an incredibly important moment that will never be forgotten and with lockdown a year later I had that time to reflect on the fact that we were so lucky to have had that moment. Let’s not leave out the fact I was Baby Spice performing with the real Sporty Spice… ACTUAL GOOP.
GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?
JB: As I banged on about before it is a time to reflect on our elders, a time to celebrate new blood coming out and finding their community. Pride is essential to the community as it’s our time to march, be out in the streets loud and proud how it should be all day every day bebe!
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