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Pride Month Series: Margo Marshall

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 the all-dancing, all lip-syncing assassin MARGO MARSHALL !

Margo Marshall. On a night like this, by Eliza Bourner

Here’s what they had to say:

GLL: What does Pride mean to you?

M: Pride for me is about seeing all the different fractions of our community united together for one day. Celebrating each other, being visible on mass. It’s showing the world that although we are crazy individuals with so many sexual and cultural flavours that we are the same because of that.

I’m very lucky that I’ve only ever been a part of pride celebrations one it’s more party and celebration-focused. But visibility is also an important protest tool and for me, Pride is that.

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

M: I’m from Leamington Spa so I snuck off at 16 to Birmingham Pride. I was honestly so daunted, I’d never seen so many gays, queers, lesbians, trans people all in the same place. It was positively overwhelming, but in the most incredible way.. kid in a candy shop, eyes wide. Something clicked that day, I knew it was just a matter of time and location now.. I’d found my people.

GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?

M: The gigs are done and I can finally let my hair down with my queers. I just wanna dance with them and tell them all how much they teach me, help me, champion me and how much it means to me. It like queer valentines for me.

Margo Marshall. Mariah and Friendz Boo Bitch by @onlybynight

GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?

M: Probably Brighton pride 2019. I knew it would be special cause my dad and my sister were finally coming to see the show and it was a whole Sink The Pink Ball so the whole queer family was going to be there. I was sitting in the car with Melanie and we just got chatting about the amazing moment in the show when Melanie sang 2 Become 1 and dedicated it to and highlighted her love of her kinship with the LGBTQIA+ community. I mentioned that it’s a shame we don’t see the trans flag so much at Pride, how as a trans nonbinary person our community sometimes still didn’t include us and the wider issues of trans individuals. She just asked me to keep talking, just gave me the space to share, before the show she asked to borrow the trans flag I’d brought and did the whole moment but for the trans community. The crowd went MAD. It was honestly so humbling to have a moment like that with someone I had looked up to for so long, turn to me and learn from my experiences. I’ll always be so grateful to her for making that myth about meeting your idols completely false, and for so much more. I could sing her praises forever.

GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?

M: Well even within our own community the work isn’t done. We don’t have equal rights and even in this country violence towards trans people is on the rise. Pride is a yearly reminder for those who have gotten comfortable that our rights still need to be fought for. Pride started as a protest and it still is, maybe with a celebratory tone but as I said before visibility is a form of protest. The bigger the numbers of people attending Pride shows the ever-increasing support for us and the bigger it gets the more we can’t be ignored.

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