Name: Kate McCulloch
Identity: Lesbian CIS Woman
Why did you volunteer for Abergavenny Pride?
Well, I ask myself that a lot! I am actually one of the founding members, 4 years on and I’m still here. No matter how many times it gets extremely stressful, and I think to myself “I can’t do this another year” I always find myself getting excited in the planning stages and hearing the stories and seeing the smiles at the event makes it all worth it.
Now that I have a child it makes it even more important to remain part of the committee and to make sure that she sees all parts of LGBTQ+ community and to grow up knowing that there are other families out there in a town like hers and to know that its normal. Also seeing a lot of children from ally families enjoying the day, knowing they see us, that love is love, and how important it is to be yourself fills me with optimism for the future.
What’s the best/worst thing about volunteering for Abergavenny Pride?
Best – seeing our vision grow and evolve every year. Watching all our hard work pay off and know that we’re doing something special for our community. Getting things ready for the day and seeing things come together.
Worst – all the behind-the-scenes stresses, hoping the weather behaves, wondering if we’ve let the community down, can we actually pull it off and the never ending to do lists!
What do you do in your spare time?
I spend a big chunk looking after our daughter so there’s not a lot of energy left but I enjoy watching TV/Films (Love the Bear, Only Murders in the Building but currently I’ve started watching Ghost Whisperer, proper old school!), listening to Redhanded (a murder podcast), doing DIY around the house, gardening, walking the dog and spending time with the family.
Who would you most like to swap places for the day?
Ooh, one person, hmm. I’d love to experience something extreme like a Red Arrow Pilot, Rally Driver or even a musician like Pink – something I’ll never be able to experience.
What was the last book you read?
Have to admit I’m not a massive book reader, I’m currently reading Adam Kay’s “Undoctored” but I’ve been reading that for well over a year and not even halfway through! I guess my child’s books don’t count? If they do, the last book I read was Bluey’s “Unicorse”!
What’s your favourite quote/advice?
Be nice to everyone you meet, especially the cleaner, you never know who you’ll meet on your way back down.
I never really got this as a kid but I remember my Mum saying this to me. But it’s true, because if you do “fall” there might not be anyone around to help you if you’ve been horrid to them in your climb to success. Also, the cleaner usually has all the keys and is a handy person to know!
And just generally to be a nice person, you never truly know what someone is going through. We need more kindness and understanding in this world.
What’s your go to song at the moment – past/present?
Ooh, so many, I’ll always go to Pink (cliché, but she is one bad ass woman) but I actually quite like the songs from Bluey! Can you tell my child adores Bluey. OK, honestly, I do love me some old school stuff that ranges anything from Rolling Stones to Adele to a bit of Kygo to some Jill Jackson to Bob Marley. It depends on what mood I’m in really but at the moment, I’ve been loving the 00’s classics – brings back some memories.
What website do you visit most?
Amazon! That’s terrible isn’t it. I don’t think I have a particular website I visit the most, a lot of the time its just Google asking a variety of questions.
What’s your go to beverage order of choice?
Coke. Full Fat, full sugar original Coca Cola in a can or a glass bottle. Not Pepsi, not Cola, not on tap. If I’m after something alcoholic it’s Barti Du Rum and lemonade or a fruity cocktail.
Tell us something we don’t know?
I was an extra in the classic Yorkshire series “Heartbeat” when they came to our school to do filming. Had to play hockey in the background and walk up the school driveway with friends. Was so exciting at the time but now I absolutely hate being in front of any sort of video camera. You can usually find me making swift exits when there’s filming at a Pride event.