After a while of eating, snapping and chatting the panel began. The panel was lead by quite possibly the most gorgeous Queen I’ve ever seen, Crayola, and joined by Lottie Lamour, Jamie, Editor of Fruitcake Magazine, Zoe, an ambassador for the Albert Kennedy Trust and Ophelia Love. The panel spoke for a while about their journeys towards coming out, experiences at pride and protests, for example. A range of issues in the LGBT+ community were explored, both the positive and negative and it was really inspiring to hear from such a wide variety of people. I learnt so much from the event including how gender and sexuality are very very different. I do try to keep my dating life quiet, but I don’t really consider myself to fit in any one label at this time in my life. It was really interesting to be told that it’s okay to feel like that.
“The process of discovering yourself is constantly changing as you grow.”
I was also really upset to hear of the discrimination that individuals on the panel feel. Whether it is intentional from the community or not, it’s not okay!
The panel were all really friendly, chatty and described answers from many different points of view. I thought that this was absolutely fantastic! They all had a fantastic sense of humour too which made it even more of a pleasure to listen. They were all very open to questions and gave thorough, in depth answers, with many afterthoughts from Zoe!
We were also met with some incredible goodie bags which was an incredibly thoughtful surprise. Inside there were some rainbow drops and candy kittens sweets, in addition to an LGBT+ pride flag, and some Skinnydip goodies. I now finally have a dedicated blogging notebook!
My time in London was fantastic, Nati was my tour guide and we explored Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Kingley Court. We had a wonderful time shopping and eating cookies, so please do take a look at my other posts if you love a good food photo! This panel discussion was the best way of ending the day that I could’ve thought of. Thank you for Skinnydip for allowing me to attend, and to Nati for convincing me to go and being such wonderful company!