Pride

Taxi driver Mel tried to 'almost come out' to her mum as a 9 year old

'Lots of people are scared to be who they want to be - if you're different you stand out'.
Weymouth taxi driver Melody Mitchell has been in a same sex relationship for eleven years. However, at times it was difficult and she felt that growing up in a town like Weymouth in the eighties and nineties was tough because it's such a small community. At the end of July, Weymouth & Portland Pride 2019 will be staged in the town for the first time. Mel says Pride means 'being proud of who you are, standing up for what you believe in and showing acceptance, kindness and tolerance, all in one big package'.

Bristol Pride march numbers 'up 50 per cent'

First estimates, from camera control centres in the city, suggest as many as 18,000 people joined the Pride 2019 march this morning.

If numbers are confirmed, it's a rise of around 6,000 - 50% more than last year.

Festivities this afternoon and evening are, for the first time, being hosted on the Downs, allowing more people to join in.

We've been out and about all day enjoying what CEO Daryn Carter has called "a fight against prejudice like no other."

The 2019 Pride march through Bristol was the biggest yet

We have outfit envy: Pride 2019

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Next up... Peppermint comes to Bristol

For over a decade she’s dominated the New York club scene... now Peppermint comes to Bristol.

Peppermint is the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway and is performing on the Cabaret Stage at 6:00pm.

Also on Pride's stage on the Downs this evening is Spice Girl Mel C, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Boney M and Rau Paul.

It's going to be a colourful evening.

Peppermint performs during LA Pride 2019
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Peppermint performs during LA Pride 2019

Two become one... Mel C and Sink the Pink join forces on the main stage

Spice Girl Melanie C has joined forces with Sink the Pink... and they've already signed off the New York Pride event in style.

They will be on Bristol's main stage at 8:05pm... expect an enthusiastic reception!

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Shine on rainbow revellers: the party continues for Pride 2019

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Revellers and Pride supporters are still converge on the city

It's thought that up to 30,000 Pride supporters have arrived at the Downs in Bristol to enjoy the ongoing celebrations and acts performing.

Police say Pride 2019 has been, on the whole, very good natured and trouble-free.

Thank you for your pictures across the day. Keep sending them through your evening and we'll take a peek tomorrow! @bbcbristol and @bbcwest on Insta.

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Heart in Mouth

To mark last year's Pride Day we asked local poet Chris Hyde to pen his thoughts on LGBT+ equality in Bristol.

Although LGBT+ people enjoy many more rights and freedoms than they did a decade ago, Chris says people in the community still face harassment and abuse.

Here's is the powerful poem he penned about the experiences he encountered.

It's called "Heart in Mouth".

Poet Chris Hyde shares his thoughts on whether LGBT people are equal in society.