I was very honoured to be asked to be the team photographer for Reading Pride’s vigil – “Reading Stands with Orlando”.
This somber and dignified occasion saw Reading’s LGBT+ community come together to stand with the victims of Orlando and their families. The names of the victims were read out and speeches were given by Chair of ReadingPride, Andrew Adams, Tania Ellwood representing MyUmbrella’s speech, Patrons Sarah Hacker and Kirsten Bayes and Jamie Wake. The speeches were marked by musics Thames Valley Gay Choir and a choir from a local school.
It was moving to see the Mayor, Councillors, the Police and people from all over Reading stand in silence and to remember that Hate Crime against the LGBT+ community is still a terrible fact of life.
You can see my pictures here: