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PRIDE MONTH SERIES: Pabs from The Bridge Bar Clapham

Happy Pride Month! Our Pride Month Series is BACK for another year! It’s time to celebrate the fabulous people who make up our glorious LGBTQ+ community!

Each day during Pride Month we will be highlighting one of those people. Today, we ask Pabs, General Manager at The Bridge Bar in Clapham, what pride means to them.

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride to me means empowerment. It signifies the opportunity for me to take a stand on inequality for the LGBTQIA+ community and showcase that being different is to be celebrated. I feel a more elevated freedom of queer expression during pride month.

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

It’s hard to think back to my first, which would have been Pride in London over 10 years ago. It’s amazing to see how much Pride has expanded and grown throughout England and the world since my first experience. I can’t wait to celebrate Pride in Clapham at The Bridge on June 24.

What is your favourite part of Pride?

Seeing the community come together. For me it is the equivalent of what an annual religious holiday might be for others. It’s a gathering of your chosen family and a reminder to any LGBTQIA+ person that no matter how lonely or misunderstood you might feel, you are not alone. 

Do you have a favorite Pride memory?

The best memories I’ve ever made were at Pride. My favourite experience by far has to be Brighton Pride 2016. I was sitting upstairs at R-Bar, known as Bar Revenge at the time with my  partner at the time overlooking Marine Parade and the seafront. I witnessed a sea of colourful people flooding the streets all in such high spirits as the sun was blazing down. It just seemed at that moment everything was right and the stars aligned. Any shame or burden I held onto about who I choose to love dissipated. I still have a warm, euphoric feeling thinking back on that day.

Why do you think Pride is still important?

Pride has become so much more important recently, particularly with all the attacks against trans and non-binary people going on. 

Working with drag queens as part of my job, many of them are friends and it angers me to see them hurled with the sort of stereotypes at the local pub. These are stereotypes I thought were buried with Section 28 twenty years ago. We should be focusing on the successes of these artists and the positive impact they’ve had – that’s what Pride should be all about. 

I’m so proud to see my friend and drag queen, Violetta J’Adore representing the UK and Greece at the preliminary contest for the world famous miss continental pageant. 

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