On Saturday 8th September, Hemel Labour Party, with help from South West Herts and St Albans, had a stall at Herts Pride 2018.
With it being thirty years this year since Section 28 was invoked by Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party, I felt it was important that there be a Labour presence at Herts Pride, because of all the work that they have done and continue to do for LGBT rights.
It was a pleasant day despite the gloomy clouds looming most of the day. We had a lot of people, younger and older, come up to the stall and talk with us about Labour, our policies and what we would do to help the country. Not just for LGBT people, although that was a large part of it, but about NHS, Education, Railways and a lot more beside.
We had a lot of people who wanted Labour stickers and leaflets to read more, and we gave away some Labour Balloons to some very happy children. We even got a number of people who wished to sign up to the party and get involved locally.
The fight, both for LGBT rights, and for the country is by no means over, but I was given a renewed sense of community spirit and passion for change amongst society.