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Pride Month Series: The Sharp Boys

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 scene DJ Legends, The Sharp Boys! We firstly heard from Steven Sharp. Here’s what he had to say:

Steven Sharp

GLL: What does Pride mean to you?

S: I think we have come a long way in the past decade or two on so many issues but there are still horrendous pockets of injustice around the world where it is still illegal to be Gay and the punishment given to members of the LGBTQ community in these countries is prehistoric!

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

S: I think it was Kennington Park in 1990, I lived in a bedsit in Oval at the time and the energy in the air was magical. I had only moved to London 6 months before and couldn’t believe the crowd!

GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?

S: Our DJ sets for Trade over the years have been full of many incredible memories – the first-ever Sharp Boys DJ set was in the Trade tent at London Pride 1996. Also, Brighton Pride in the Wild Fruit tent was always special. Pride sets are always a highlight of your Dj-ing schedule!

GLL: Do you have a favourite Pride memory?

S: I stage managed Soho Square for 3 years at London Pride for the night I promoting at the time and it was brilliant and packed out! I have to mention walking up to the stage from their dressing room with the Pet Shop Boys at Clapham Common was one that I will never forget. They can do no wrong in my eyes!

GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?

S: Because sadly young people still take their own lives over the fear of prejudice of their sexuality. Hopefully, Pride can prove that you are not alone and a new World awaits you. Don’t be scared. We were born this way.

Steven Sharp (The Sharp Boys)

George & Steven – The Sharp Boys

We then chatted to George Sharp, here’s what he had to say:

GLL: What does Pride mean to you?

G: Pride has always been our day to stand up and shout loud!  And we certainly have! Look how much we have achieved over the years, not to mention the actual size and scale of Pride events themselves everywhere. It’s been decades in the making, but what a global success it is now!

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

G: I had never done the parades or anything previous so I was straight in there with the DJ thing – Heaven main floor 1992 alongside Heaven legend, Marc Andrews. Treasured memories.

GLL: What is your favourite part of Pride?

G: All of it!! From the parades to the events in streets, parks, squares, the joy, the craziness – right through to the club events that gives us a massive NYE-edged Pride celebration just for us! It’s all fantastic!

GLL: Why do you think Pride is still important?

G: Unity – every country, every race, every colour, every age.. brought together to be proud to live our lives free from prejudice.

George Sharp (The Sharp Boys)

The Sharp Boys

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