When We Rise-ABC’s mini series,  a harsh reminder of how far we have come. 

Sitting down yesterday evening in anticipation of the long awaited Dustin Lance Black mini series, I could feel goosebumps as the opening music started.

Released in four parts, the first airing on 27th February, the Oscar Winning ‘Milk’screenwriter sets the scene on what will be a rough reminder of the shocking violence and discrimination endured by the LGBTQ community in America around the time of the Stonewsll riots in the early 70s when so many fought a bloody fight for the rights of themselves and others. 

The first episode introduces you to some key characters, young activists and a groups of people all preparing to take a stand, the talented cast including Guy Pearce, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary-Louise Parker. All take their place and prepare to take you on a journey through violent riots and the rise of the gay activists, the AIDS epidemic where so many young men lost their lives and the confusing 90’s where so many still felt the shock of what had come before and what the future might hold for them.

All the characters are setting the scene for their individual stories in particular the story of a young gay African American man in the Navy at the time of the Vietnam war and his struggle to be accepted whilst being a minority because of his colour and hiding his sexuality in the navy but also in the LGBTQ community where his race saw him being pushed out by the people he thought would embrace him with open arms. 

When We Rise has a soundtrack which goes hand in hand with the series and the lyrics of the songs fit perfectly with the story that is unfolding on the screen.

I recommend you take time out to watch the series and view this stark reminder of not only how far we have come, but how far we still have to go. 



Too many emails and square eyes…

In order to make IW Pride as successful as it can be and for it reach its full potential we need a number of properties all to be present and In place by the big day 15th July 2017. Namely a site, people to attend and then the paper stuff to pay for all the amazing things we want to provide for our Proud Pride Island. Of course there is more than just this to do in fact the more you look at it the to do list is never ending. 

Today my day was spent tapping away at my laptop with a steady supply of tea, some not so healthy snacks and a dog seeking my attention. 

I was tapping away, getting the website in a good place to expand and adding more information. I was also sending out lots and lots of emails trying to get local businesses onboard in hope that some support from our lovely islanders will help our Pride dream become a reality. 

The whole team, the committee, the working groups and our newly appointed Events Operations Team are all working mega hard to achieve this big dream for you all. And it’s great! It’s satisfying seeing some results. But we have lots more to do.

Are we mad? Not at all, we know we can do this!

See you on the other side…
Matt xx 

IW Pride on WordPress…a rollercoaster ride but ridden with Pride! 

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

This will be the place to come for quick news bites, thoughts, feelings and discoveries of the trials and tribulations of those people working hard to put on the debut Pride event on the Isle of Wight.
I’m sure at times it’s going to get interesting, stressful and possibly even fun!  Well this is where we will air our blood sweat and tears and you can get an insight of what we are doing day by day!
I hope you enjoy reading our blog, I’m sure it will be a rollercoaster ride but ridden with Pride!