Celebrating our diversity with Pride
This Sunday, Hastings will see its first Pride Festival take place. It stems from Hastings Youth Council’s Pride event held last year, with a procession in the morning and events on The Oval during the day. The theme of the event will be ‘1967, The Summer of Love’ – the year when homosexuality was decriminalised. That was only 50 years ago, well within my lifetime. It seems astonishing now that society ever legislated against people’s sexual preferences, and sought to criminalise them for behaviour that presented no threat to anyone. In those days, all sorts of prejudices were legal, routine and encouraged: prejudice against LGBT people, minority ethnic communities, and women.