We are many. That is right. AND… we also… are one.
My mind keeps turning to the words of Stephen Frost – formerly of Stonewall:
He reminds us that Diversity is a fact. Just look around. Inclusion is a choice.
(he’s right) It’s not enough to see into ourselves.
It’s not enough to just see the diversity of others.
We must see ourselves.. IN the other. That’s not easy…
Walls are easy to build: just stand in one place and start stacking.
Bridges are hard. You have to explore the other shore.
It takes work. It also takes courage.
The very day she was murdered, Jo Cox was building bridges.
Together… we can choose to build them…. TOO.
Your example — here today — offers an important message to everyone hiding behind a wall of fear:
It’s time to come out!
Because we are many, and we are also one.
If I may ask your help once again: please come together now.
Let us stand as one in a short moment of silence – for those who are no longer with us.
[1 minute’s silence is held]
Thank you Pride, Thank you London.