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Streets Of Colour

By Spalding Today Columnist

Hi there! How did you find the first Community Conversation? I am immensely happy to conduct a weekly community conversation with this column and I hope that last week's recurring feature will continue and Autistic Lincs will continue to grow.

Onto more thoughts, feelings and fabulousness then! August 18 will be King's Lynn's inaugural Pride In The Park representing our world's diversity involving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Non-Binary and other communities.

If this is your first time reading Autistic Lincs then let me state that I am a local autistic man writing this from my perspective and I have been to Pride events before and autistic people have been equally represented. Therefore, I wonder if Spalding could follow in the footsteps of Norfolk and so many other counties. Spotted:Spalding is an online platform that may have heard or read about as very negative and the Complaints Centre of our town but I choose to present another side.

I believe that Spaldonians have or in many cases had enormous pride in their town and although a Pride event would not solve everyone's issues however I truly feel that Spotted:Spalding positions Spalding as a place of passion and potential if we can harness that energy for good. I have seen all kinds of posts about genuinely important issues from missing animals and people to vandalism, fundraising and even recommendations for hairdressers best suited to autistic people.

Yep, last week's column came about because of Spotted: Spalding. Spalding is a town that cares about its future and its people. If only we could encourage all shapes, sizes and neurologies to step forward together to celebrate as one community then I think the world profits.

We've shown as a town already what we can do with thriving festivals, notably the recent Going Forward Music Festival focussing on disabled people. Bearing in our minds that not all 'disabled' people or any of the aforementioned communities are 'vulnerable' and I am certainly an example of 'empowered individual' but come on guys, we can do it.

We could arm ourselves with the knowledge from people and communities that have gone before us and fill the streets with colour.

A parade, guest speakers, stalls, music and more in the name of diversity!

But should we? I think so but let me know your thoughts online and in person.

Contact me on Facebook and Twitter @Callum Brazzo, call or text me on 07528 810 172 or go to callumbrazzo.com to connect with me.

Until next Tuesday!


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