A FANTASTICALLY well attended Birmingham Gay Pride 2003 last weekend celebrated cultural and sexual diversity once more with tremendous verve and great style. The weekend was great fun, kicking off with a traditional march from the city centre and continuing with a vibrant street party, market and fairground attractions. There was also a strong political atmosphere and many revellers were concerned by the Nazi BNP's recent council gains.
There was a highly successful Anti Nazi League stall presenting a united front against the BNP. This found a great awareness that disenchantment with New Labour has led to a rise in fascist groups and racial violence. We were all heartened by the commitment shown by people who were eager to get involved in forthcoming events and actions.
Socialist Worker supporters leafleted, petitioned and discussed 'Pride Not Profit' - following London Pride's overly commercial tone. Activists highlighted how the New Labour government's failure to revoke the bigoted Section 28 in schools can only perpetuate predudice and confusion in society.
Birmingham Pride remains a free festival and working to maintain this was at the forefront of people's minds.
Geoff Dexter and Robin Weaver