“After Pride 2015,” Brighton, UK — August 2015. Being used to American parades, the Brighton affair was noisy and too dependent on troops of amateur dancers performing from atop vehicles for my tastes. However, after the parade was the human parade of supporters, advocates, LGBTQ persons seeking what the rest of society has always enjoyed, and the curious drawn by the colourful display like bees to pollen. I don’t know who these women are, but their unspoken statement is clear: denying the rights of persons who are different makes as much societal sense as restricting the rainbow because violet isn’t your choice.

Let the colours choose themselves.