This got me wondering…
Fantastic start to #Pride2018. Have a great time today. Stay hydrated, slap on that suncream, keep all your personal belongings with you and embrace the celebration of inclusivity and diversity. @PrideBrighton pic.twitter.com/iwBVlpquGz
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) August 4, 2018
…whether taking part in pride marches wearing rainbow stripes on your face was compulsory for police serving in British forces. Or is it one of those things which are common in modern organisations whereby it’s wholly voluntary but if you choose not to take part you can kiss your career goodbye?
My guess is some police officers are happy to take part whereas others are very much against it, perhaps with the latter group being made up of old-school police approaching retirement. I wonder if the police officers union has been approached by anyone who objected to taking part but feared their career may suffer, and if so what their response was?
My guess it’s a matter of time before ordinary employees in corporate jobs are herded into the streets to wave rainbow flags during Pride month. We may even be there now:
At the annual Pride Parade in London this year, corporations like Barclays, Citibank and Starbucks led the parade at the front of the party while historical groups who have stood with the LGBT community in the UK for decades were pushed to the back.
My guess is people are going to start getting awfully sick of this, and a lot of them will be gay men and women.