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Pride isn't accessible enough for us disabled allies

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This year marks 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots – a monumental moment in LGBTQ history, which kick-started the modern-day fight for equal rights.

As a result, this year’s Pride, which took place in London this weekend, is especially poignant.

Pride is a time for celebrating differences, remembering and honouring the resilience, perseverance and unity of the LGBTQ community and reflecting upon the progress that has been made towards creating an equal society.

I have been involved in the LGBTQ community for many years, and consider myself an ally.

Having moved to London seven years ago from rural Lancashire and knowing only one person in London – a childhood friends who was a proud and out gay man – my formative years in London were spent largely in Soho and Vauxhall, two iconic LGBTQ haunts.

I befriended and became fascinated by the ‘club kids’, a group of most outrageous, creative and unique individuals. I loved to go and watch drag shows at the infamous Royal Vauxhall Tavern and most of all I loved the positive attention I received by others in the community who commented on my unique dress sense, my sassy personality and who, on some level, had empathy with me as a disabled woman, because many of them had experienced prejudice and discrimination for simply being themselves.

I’ve always loved the ethos behind Pride – for everyone to be proud of their body, sexuality and........

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