Having returned from a local event, I'm even more convinced that these events do not represent the community.
It turned into a political event prior to what people want to see and participate in, namely fun and festivities.
The miners cashed in on it and attacked the Tory government of 1984/85 saying the miners and LGBT worked together (I have found no one in the mining communities who substantiated this).
The LGBT activist ranted about events and oppression so long in the past, almost no one was alive to witness this (I was probably the only one who could, I was probably at least 30 years older than the oldest person there). The issue of abortion was raised ! (Abortion Act was passed in 1968). Yet more political rants about events 40/50 years in the past, and the Windrush episode thrown into the mix.
All this I found unhelpfull and ultimatly pointless. They are bringing up the past which no longer is helpful and indeed self defeating.
Instead of bring up the past injustices and battles which have been won as if they are being withdrawn. They should be concentrating on the present, those that dwell in the past will become bitter even though they have never lived it. The victimhood narrative lives on ever increasing. Those that live in the past cannot move forward.
The difference between now and 1982 (the last time I attended on my own) in the real world is unbelievably different, but listening to the speakers you would think things were worse.
All in all, it was the most depressing, frustrating and negative experience. So much so that I packed up and left, just before the entertainment started.
The speakers had left a bad taste in my mouth.
So I will never ever attend another, serves me right for not going with my instincts from 1982.
Do any of us think the LGBT events are not for the Asexuals, especially the older members. God, it made me feel very old, and walking on eggshells with words (I put my foot in it twice). Language was definately a weapon.