Southampton Pride 2016

My home town of Southampton is a multicultural city and major seaport. It is also a young city where around one in every eight of its population is a student. It is not surprising therefore that there is an active LGBT community but it has not held a ‘gay pride’ event for more than a decade. That was put right recently when a parade through the main shopping area was held, complete with whistle blowing, banner waving and a lot of good natured fun.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it's way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it’s way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it's way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it’s way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

A man carries a 'bear culture' flag during the Southampton Pride event. 'Bear' is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of the LGBT community with its own events, codes, and culture-specific identity. The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes.

A man carries a ‘bear culture’ flag during the Southampton Pride event. ‘Bear’ is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of the LGBT community with its own events, codes, and culture-specific identity. The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes.

A teenager who is too shy hides his face whilst his friends pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride Parade event (taken with his permission)

A teenager who is too shy hides his face whilst his friends pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride Parade event (taken with his permission)

Two young female friends pose together for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young female friends pose together for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A member of a roller blade group takes part in the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A member of a roller blade group takes part in the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A couple pose proudly for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A couple pose proudly for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing checks an iPad wearing her full regalia at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing checks an iPad wearing her full regalia at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A young male couple decked in Pride flags pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A young male couple decked in Pride flags pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

An empty pushchair is used as a flag support at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

An empty pushchair is used as a flag support at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Three girls from the local student population blow bubbles and pose for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Three girls from the local student population blow bubbles and pose for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young girls carrying inflatable unicorns at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young girls carrying inflatable unicorns at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Celebrating the first Pride Parade in Southampton for 15 years, this transgender person is happy to be photographed

Celebrating the first Pride Parade in Southampton for 15 years, this transgender person is happy to be photographed

 

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About Gerry Walden

I am a stock photographer with far more years of experience than I would care to mention. Located in Southampton (UK) I am sandwiched between two national parks and my home town is a major seaport. I shoot mostly people related images, and travel when I can. I am resident photographer at a major concert venue in the town which means I get to shoot a variety of musicians.
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