Pride events in 2017
Everyone is welcome to join the adventure that Scouting offers, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Applications are now open for members to join us at the 2017 Pride in London celebrations on 8 July 2017. We’ve put together this simple guide to getting involved in Pride events with The Scout Association.
What is a Pride event?
Pride events are open to all, and celebrate the LGBT+ community. LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and related communities. It’s a term which encompasses a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures and is often used during Pride events and Pride related communications. However, you yourself do not have to identify as any of the aforementioned to attend Pride – it’s also a great way to show your support for those who are.
What happens at a Pride event?
All Pride events are different – that’s part of the fun! Different events suit different people – some people will prefer larger parades whereas others might enjoy an event with a more local feel. Last year was our 8th year attending Pride in London, where we had over 120 adult volunteers and Explorer Scouts joining us for the celebrations.
Why do we attend Pride events?
Attending Pride events is one way in which The Scout Association demonstrates our commitment to building inclusivity and diversity and it shows our commitment and openness to LGBT+ members in the Movement.
How can I get involved?
If you’d like to attend Pride in London this year with The Scout Association and are aged 16+, you can register here.
If you have any questions about Pride in London 2017, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other Pride events can I attend with Scouts?
We attend plenty of Pride events round the country, supported by FLAGS Scout Active Support Unit.
In 2017 we will be attending:
27 May - Birmingham
3 June - Oxford
10 June - Coventry
17 June - Edinburgh
24 June - Essex
8 July - London
22 July - Hull
22 July - Northern Pride (Newcastle)
29 July - Liverpool
5 August - Brighton
19 August - Glasgow
26 August - Manchester
26 August - Cardiff (TBC)
If you would like to join us, you can view the Pride event details on the FLAGS Facebook events page. When the time comes to register your attendance at the event, you will need to do this either through the link on the Facebook page or by clicking through from the event email you will receive from Constant Contact, inviting all registered FLAGS members to sign up to the event. Once registered, you will receive updates from the lead contacts for the event. If there are any payments due, i.e. camp costs, accommodation, etc. then you can pay this safely and securely via this platform using PayPal.
If you are aware of a Pride event in your local area which isn't featured on our calendar, if you are interested in being a lead contact for a Pride event in your District or County or if you have any questions, please email the Pride Coordinator at email@example.com, who can provide additional support, advice and assistance.