Who are you, and why did you get involved?
I'm a proud lesbian, who gets stuff done. I'm a proud Halifaxian, living here with my wife Christine, and our two cats.
I got involved with Calderdale Pride as I saw a call to arms on Facebook for people who want to get involved in supporting pride, and I wanted to help where I could. It made me think of the 'old' prides that were about in the mid-2000's, and how they helped me at that time. It's about giving back for me, and ensuring that there is a free event that young people can attend without fear and with full acceptance.
I had a really hard time when I came out, and it was the community around me that helped me through some really tough times, so I believe it's super important to do everything I can do to help anyone else going through difficult situations, and helping them to realise that there are rays of sunshine for you wherever you go.
In the team, I'm the treasurer, so I count the beans to make sure we're raising enough money from our events and fundraising activities to pay for our Pride event to have fantastic acts and performances for everyone. It works well for me, as I can do all the 'boring' stuff that no-one else would want to do! Although.... I also have to keep a tight hold of the purse strings, to stop the team from getting over-excited and going over-budget! (this means you Jackie....)
Why is Pride important to you?
Pride is still so relevant and needed. Society is so polarised now, there are extremes everywhere, including extreme negativity for LGBTQ+ people. Pride is a place you can be yourself, it's where you can be around people like you, and where you can be free.
Music brings me joy, it's somewhere I can escape and become immersed in the sounds. Playing in two bands is a great way to have fun, and make people happy and dance about!
What's one of your favourite memories?
I'm most proud of being who I am. No matter how much people try to take you down, rise above it. Rise above it, find your people and love yourself. You can be whoever you want to be, you can do whatever you want to do. Don't let any other f****r tell you otherwise.