10 ways to celebrate Pride

10 ways to celebrate Pride

By Debbie Garden - 8 June 2022

Over the next few months, we'll be seeing Pride celebrations, up and down the country and around the world.  Here are a few ideas about ways to get involved with Pride and work on being more fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ young people.

If you've got activity ideas and recommendations for taking action, we'd love you to share them with us!

 

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Wear your heart on your sleeve

Sprinkle yourself with some rainbow accessories:

  • Hang your ID card on a rainbow lanyard.
  • Dye your hair.
  • Pin on a Pride badge.
  • Wear your Listen Threads 'Love' t-shirt.
Love t-shirt

Don't have a Listen Threads 'Love' t-shirt?

No problem!

Order yours now at: https://www.listenthreads.co.uk/love/

 

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Book some brilliant diversity training

For some insightful, informative, safe and accessible training on LGBTQ+ diversity, book a session with some of the fantastic team of QSpace.  They ran a fantastic session for us which incuded specific content on youth work settings.  The low cost was also a bonus!

You can contact them on: qspacenorthampton@gmail.com

 

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Check your project communications

Have look back over your social media content and newsletters over the past few months.  How inclusive have your communications been?  Have your posts been heteronormative?  Were there exclusive or discriminatory assumptions? Were there any clear indicators that your project would be a place of safety and welcome?  Are there changes to be made going forward?

 

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Review the spaces you use

Are the physical places where you work safe and welcoming?  We've looked at a few different advice and good practice guides and put together a checklist to help review offices, youth work venues and sessions. You can download it here.

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You can also download these more detailed guides, which look at different aspects of provision: "Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth" and "An Introduction to Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Young People".
 
While we can't necessarily make changes in places that we rent/share/use (e.g. mentoring in schools), we can make ourselves aware of things that might be uncomfortable or distressing for young people and support them to raise concerns if they want to do so.
 

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Put your money where your heart is

There are all kinds of great charities which are doing everything from providing vital information and support, working for greater inclusion and equality, and fighting for basic human rights for LGBTQ+ people across the world.  Here's a list of 10 recommended by Pink News.  Have a read through this list, do some research of your own, and make a donation to invest in a more inclusive and kinder world.

 

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Have Pride in your programme

Throughout the month, include some Pride activities in your sessions. You could:

  • Make rainbow cupcakes and cocktails.
  • Play a playlist of LGBTQ+ artists.
  • Have a LGBTQ+ trivia quiz (find some facts and figures here).
  • Make bunting with the LGBTQ+ flags, discussing what each represents as you go.
  • Use the Diversity Dice to explore how different characterisitcs shape people's experiences of everyday life. (Can't find your set? Buy some more here: fyt.org.uk)
  • Use some of the activities in section 4 of this toolkit on "Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Youth".
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Remind young people that you're there to help

We won't always get it right, but we are committed to Worth Unlimited not only being inclusive, but also advocating for inclusion and challenging discriminatory behaviour, wherever it is experienced by young people we are working with (other agencies, peers, family etc.).

Take time this month to remind yourself about the policies you have which relate to inclusion (e.g. Equal Opportunities, Anti-bullying, Behaviour, Child Protection) and the responsibilities you have under each of them.  Make a point of ensuring that young people know how you can support them.

 

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Engaging in local Pride celebrations

nullFind out when Pride is being celebrated in your area (here's a calendar of dates) and what is being planned.  As well as going along, and promoting events online and to young people, you could donate, volunteer to steward and connect with Christians at Pride groups.

 
 

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Get social

Use your voice on social media:

  • Follow local or national support services and campaigning groups on social media and amplify LGBTQ+ voices, achievements and good news stories.
  • Share posts that celebrate difference and diversity.
  • Promote helplines and services.
  • Download and share these Twitter, Facebook and Instagram resources from Switchboard.
  • Speak out against injustice, misinformation or prejudice online.​
 

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Engage with inspiring stories

Immerse yourself in the stories of some LGBTQ+ people, whether fictional, historical or biographical. How about:

  • Pride (2014) - on BBC iPlayer this month and available on Amazon Prime
  • It's a Sin - available on All 4
  • Cucumber - available on All 4
  • The Imitation Game (2014) - available on Amazon Prime
  • Gentleman Jack - available on BBC iPlayer
  • LGBTQ+ royals and other people from history

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