Editor’s Letter: Pride 2023

Dear readers,

Happy Pride Month! I couldn’t be more thrilled to be celebrating pride with you!

Pride is a powerful celebration that goes beyond just waving rainbow flags. It’s a time to honour and uplift the LGBTQ+ community, embracing our authentic selves and paying tribute to the trailblazers who paved the way. This year, the significance of Pride feels even more profound as we navigate through challenging times.

The past year has been particularly tough for our transgender siblings. New legislation in the US and the rise of TERFs have added an extra layer of difficulty to our fight. To make matters worse, we have huge influential figures piling on the struggle, like Elon Musk recently allowing deadnaming and misgendering on Twitter, which is truly disheartening. But it’s precisely because of these challenges that Pride must become a beacon of strength and solidarity.

In the midst of this battle, we stand united, drawing inspiration from the indomitable spirit of Marsha P. Johnson, a true LGBTQ+ icon. We honour her legacy by amplifying our voices and advocating for love, acceptance, and equality.

That’s why this month we’ve all worked extra hard to make this year’s pride special. Let’s have a look at all the incredible things we’ve had going on this month! Our special Pride podcast episode featured heartfelt conversations with my bestie and co-host Adam, as we shared stories and celebrated our personal pride icons. And speaking of icons, we had the immense pleasure of interviewing the remarkable trans icon and cabaret star Mason Alexander Park. Their wisdom and talent left us in awe.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! Our amazing designer, Olga, has worked her magic to create a collection of special edition Pride merch inspired by vintage Pride designs. The best part? We’re dedicating 100% of the profits to the incredible Mermaids charity, supporting our transgender youth.

So, as you immerse yourself in the colourful spirit of Pride, remember the power of unity and love. Together, we can create a world where acceptance and equality reign supreme.

With boundless love and gratitude,

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