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What is Pride Month and how can you get involved?

26/05/2022

June is Pride month – a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.

So why is Pride so important for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Scouts?

Why June?

Progress Pride Flag
The Progress Pride Flag

Pride is celebrated in the month of June, as this was the month when the Stonewall riots took place. These riots were important protests that took place in 1969 in the USA, that changed gay rights.

It is now a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come. It is about acceptance, equality, education and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia was and still can be today, and also how in some places there is still work to be done. There are still countries in the world where the death penalty is punishment for being gay.

What's the point of Pride?

Scout Pride badge

Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.

Scouts welcome everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality. FLAGS is a National Scout Active Support Unit that actively supports the recruitment, retention, and ongoing support of LGBTQ+ adults in Scouts.

Attending Pride events is a way of demonstrating to our communities that we're committed to building a more inclusive society and openly welcoming LGBT+ members. FLAGS has been attending Pride events for some years now.

To see where the Scouts are already committed to parading this year, see the page on the Scout website 'Scout Pride'.

What Pride Parades are coming up?

A group of Scouts at London Pride

There are now lots of Pride parades across the country and several taking place in Hampshire:

  • Saturday 11th June – Portsmouth Pride
  • Saturday 20th August – New Forest Pride (New Milton)
  • Saturday 27th August – Southampton Pride
  • Saturday 10th September – Eastleigh Pride

Plus there are plenty of large events taking place within an easy journey from Hampshire:

  • Saturday 28th May – Chichester Pride
  • Saturday 2nd July – Pride in London & Salisbury Pride
  • Saturday 9th July – Bourne Free (Bournemouth)
  • Saturday 16th July – Isle of Wight Pride (Ryde)
  • Saturday 6th August – Brighton Pride
  • Saturday 3rd September – Reading Pride

For more information on supporting Scouts that are part of the LGBT+ community see these pages on the Scout website. There is some guidance to attending pride, and how you can let HQ know on the Pride page too.

Our thanks go to Kevin Harmer of New Forest District for inspiring this article.

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