YC Hertfordshire young people proud to take part in Pride

11 July 2019

Young people from a YC Hertfordshire project in Watford were proud to join this year’s Pride march in London.

The young people carried YC Hertfordshire banners and were delighted to meet and walk alongside actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen who was marching for the group FFLAG.

Young people walked together in their hand decorated t-shirts down the route from Great Portland Street, through Regent Street and finishing in Trafalgar Square, as part of the youth and families section and they were joined by the likes of Central Beds Youth, Global Academy, The Brit School and FFLAG.

Overall, the Pride march included more than 30,000 people, with a further 500,000 spectators looking on.

This year’s theme was Pride Jubilee, which celebrated 50 years since the Stonewall uprising – considered to be one of the most significant events in the fight for gay rights.

The young people who took part in the march said:

“Pride was amazing and in all honestly a dream come true for me. I think it’s great that we got to represent our project and ourselves in the community and it was an amazing feeling”

“I really enjoyed my time. I felt so confident within myself and who I am. I saw so many others looking confident in themselves too. An amazing opportunity and the best experience I have had in a while!”

Senior Youth Worker Bex Perry, who accompanied the group, said: “It really was such a fantastic day. I really hope we can do it again.”