We're very proud to support our LGBTQ+ members at annual Pride events across the UK
Each summer, we support a number of local guiding areas to attend their local Pride events.
Attendance at these exciting events reinforces the message that we are for all girls – and gives us the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of people to ensure Girlguiding is as inclusive as possible.
What is Pride?
Pride is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community. There are hundreds of Pride events taking place every year, in towns and cities across the UK and all over the world.
Each Pride event is different but many have:
- A colourful parade through the town or city
- A community programme
- Live music and performances
- Family fêtes and funfairs.
Lots of the larger Pride events also have community fringe events - like lectures, talks, art exhibitions and cinema screenings - attached to the main event.
Why do we attend Pride?
Attending Pride events reinforces our policy of being fair, open and inclusive. It highlights that members and supporters are welcomed irrespective of their faith, race, culture, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Pride events also offer the opportunity to celebrate the brilliant contributions of all our LGBTQ+ members, and to reach out to volunteers who may not have considered guiding before.
How can I get involved?
Pride events are planned and delivered by volunteers locally, with support offered by Girlguiding staff. If you'd like to get involved, contact your commissioner to find out if there are events happening near to you.