All of this would be tricky to do with a job, and an architect’s job at that – it would require a lot of time off. But at Pride Road, my diary is flexible and it’s my own. I can book appointments around a trip to London or Leeds. The dates get blanked out of my calendar in advance so clients don’t book on those days – I can do online marketing whilst I’m on the go and I return to work invigorated!
And more recently, last weekend we had our photo taken by Eddie Izzard’s favourite photographer Amanda Searle. She came up to Manchester for an afternoon to take our photo. She was working on an exhibition for the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which just happened to coincide with Mother’s Day. The exhibition was to be displayed at the BFI Southbank as part of the 2019 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (where ‘Listen’ was showing too)
So, I decided last minute to take Alex down to the opening on Sat 30th March (as a detour – I was also at the NEC National Homebuilding & Renovating Show on the Sunday in Birmingham and it was easier to go down to London by train and come back up than it was to go direct from Gatley to Birmingham on the Sunday morning!)
Amanda had taken a series of 10 portraits of trans kids and their mums, they were all gorgeous. Ours was a striking black and white close up with me hugging Alex very tightly! (pictured below) The exhibition was called Transparent Love. There has been a lot of transphobia in the media recently so I think we have a duty to stand as positive role models!