This weekend saw the return of Milton Keynes Pride 2021 at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes.
The organisers of the event did an absolutely fantastic job of putting together an event that meant EVERY single person within our community, could attend feeling safe & proud.
The lengths and depths the team went through to cater for all needs, was astounding. Whether it was the wristbands on entry for young children in case of getting lost, to having sign language on all performance stages for hard of hearing, to a sensory tent for those who may require down time to relax in a quiet space.
Unfortunately though, today we have seen something that goes against everything Pride represents.
A statement posted by Milton Keynes Pride on Facebook reads,
''MKPF team are extremely saddened to discover that a person or persons have deliberately broken into the PRIDE site and set fire to the beautiful rainbow arch that was donated by My Milton Keynes.
The arch had been fenced and secured which means that the incident was undertaken on purpose. We had in excess of 14,000 people attend on Saturday and it was such amazing day.
Sadly this incident shows that there is still so much work to be done within MK in regards to the Homophobia, Lesphobia, Transphobia and other forms of discrimination the LGBTQ+ community face.''
This is such a sad story to report on after such a successful event.
We hope the vandals are found and punished for their actions.