This year’s official Pride In London celebrations, in honour of London’s LGBT+ community, is now in full swing and the The Mill’s London studio has been transformed in support of the cause. The studio will also play host to a lunchtime talk from one of Britain’s first ever openly gay soldiers, James Wharton.
As strong advocates of inclusivity and diversity, The Mill are proud to be hosting a week-long celebration, welcoming staff and clients alike to join in honouring and learning about the LGBT+ community, existing both in and out of the work place.
Rainbow smoothies and Proud Punch cocktails are available throughout the week in The Loft Bar, while the recognised colours of Pride are decorated throughout the studio via paper garlands, stickers, and sweet treats at the ready for all.
On Friday the studio will play host to a lunchtime talk, welcoming James Wharton, one of Britain’s first openly-gay soldiers, to Windmill Street.
James became the first openly gay soldiers to appear on the cover of Soldier Magazine, and then later in uniform on the cover of Attitude Magazine.
During his decade of service, James was instrumental in the changing of attitude institutionally towards LGBT people in the military. His autobiography ‘Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier’ was published in 2014 and he continues to be a leading activist for LGBT+. His second book ‘Something for the Weekend’ will be published later this month.
Throughout his talk, he will offer the audience the opportunity to ask questions about his personal and professional experiences during his time in the Army.
This year's official #PrideInLondon campaign, 'Love Happens Here', was graded by Mill Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll, whom helped create this emotional spot alongside WCRS and Director Fred Scott out of Pulse Flims.