Editor's Letter

GT LETTER 421

Whether or not Pride as an event is your ‘thing’, we should never forget why it started or what it stands for. And we should always be proud. Even if it’s just an excuse for a Heather Small impression.

So that’s why this month we’ve had a look around the world, not only at what Pride events are taking place but why we still need to be proud – and therefore have Pride. Still following? Good. So show a little support to your local Pride, even if you don’t plan to march or think it’s ‘not for you’. A lot of people put in a lot of work each year to make sure they still happen, and some of the features we have this month should make you glad that they do.

Take One Million Moms in America, for example. They don’t want gay people to have any public acknowledgement. And then there’s the list of frankly terrifying hate groups that despise us just as much... Over in Russia, Pride marches could be banned for the next 100 years. It’s a worrying downturn in equal rights, happening on our doorstep while we so publicly applaud ‘gay marriage’.

There’s still so much to be done, so much to face and there are still areas in the public eye where gay men aren’t so prevalent – notably sportsmen. So it’s with great pleasure that we feature skater Blake Skjellerup as he – ironically enough – prepares to compete in Russia. Of course, we’re sure you’ll take great pleasure not only from his success story, but from his eye-opening exclusive shoot. If that doesn’t land him a sponsorship deal, I’m not sure what will...
Drop us a line, tell us what you think – interact with us on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, have a little pride and enjoy Pride. Be safe and I’ll see you in 30 days.

Darren Scott @darren_scott