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 Nigel Glenn, co-owner of the fabulous gay lifestyle superstore Fetch, and their new neighbour on the block, Arch where you can get delicious food and awesome drinks on Clapham’s Gay Strip of Voltaire Road.
Here’s what he had to say:
GLL: What does Pride mean to you?
N: it’s a time to celebrate who we are. A chance to say to the world this is me and I am proud of who I am.
GLL: Tell us about your first Pride experience, what & where was it?
N: My first Pride was in London about 25 years ago. It was very different from the Pride celebrations we have today and I remember it feeling more like a protest. It felt good and scary and exciting and liberating.
GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?
N: For me the parade as it is now celebrating diversity and witnessing the celebration of our lives in big bold colours.
GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?
N: Holding hands with my bf at the time back on that first parade in London and thinking I couldn’t be happier to tell the world I’m here! Simple but powerful.
GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?
N: Until every day is a day of acceptance and compassion for all of our community and allies Pride will be essential in telling our stories and making our voices heard. We have come a long way, but there is still so much to influence and change.
Fetch Shop and Arch are both located in Voltaire Road, Clapham. SW4 6DH
Check out all the fantastic products available to buy in-store and online at Fetch here.
Arch’s substantial events line up and gorgey menu is available to check out on their website, where you can also make a booking.