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!
During Pride Month we will be highlighting those people. Today, we ask one of our new favourite faces, popular across the scene Violetta J’Adore what Pride means to them!
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride for me is a celebration of what makes us ourselves, unique and beautiful, but it is also a protest for freedom, for equality, for our right to be ourselves and feel safe to be as queer as we want to be.
Tell us about your first Pride experience, what and where was it?
My first Pride experience was back in 2015, a few months after I first moved to the UK, and I was volunteering as a university liaison for the National Student Pride in London. It was an incredible mind-blowing experience for a young adult that had never had the chance to celebrate freely before. As an added bonus my mum flew in from Cyprus to help organise the after-party, which was iconic by itself.
What is your favourite part of Pride?
Being on stage performing in front of an audience is what I love doing the most. That love doubles when I do it for Pride, because it celebrates every single colourful person in our community, it celebrates the difference and the equality at the same time, it celebrates each one of us that are not afraid to draw with every colour of the rainbow and leave our true, authentic lives.
Do you have a favourite Pride memory?
My most joyful memory of Pride is the first time going to the parade of Athens Pride with my best friend/chosen family member, Oinoi. It always brings a smile to my face, because I spent the whole day with my favourite person, dancing, drinking and just experiencing the parade as a big party, where everybody was bathed in glitter.
Why do you think Pride is still important?
I believe that Pride at its core is a protest, that has always focused on queer liberation and LGBTQIA+ rights. So, my question is ‘Why would Pride not be important?’. 54 years after Stonewall hate towards our community, inequality and unintelligibility are still blatantly evident. So, pride reminds us that there are still many things to fight for and many goals to achieve. Pride is not just a particular day, week, or month, but rather something that should be felt and fought for on a daily basis. However, having an established Pride day, week, or month allows our message to be heard by a wider audience.
On a personal note, I have just had the honour to represent the UK and Greece in the first Queen of the North Continental pageant, the only European preliminary for the Miss Continental Pageant, which was an incredible experience. I have returned from Rotterdam with a renewed love for drag.
As for where you can see me, you can catch me at The Bridge Clapham every Friday at 8 pm for my show, Viva Camp, and of course on July 1st, London Pride Day, be sure to come by MAC Cosmetics in Selfridges, Oxford Street, where I will be hosting from 2 pm to 6 pm, and then at The City of Quebec in Marble Arch, where I will be hosting and performing from 6 pm to 10 pm, alongside other iconic local drag artists, Tania LeCoq, Anna Toni, Ella Gant, and Tom Kassidy. You can follow me on Instagram @Violetta_Jadore.
My website is www.violettajadore.co.uk.