Useful information to help you attend Pride
Why attend Pride with Scouts
Whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity, Pride’s a great opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion in Scouts.
Attending Pride is a way of demonstrating our commitment to equality, building a more inclusive society, and welcoming LGBTQ+ members. It’s also great fun, provides opportunities to meet other volunteers, and can be a powerful experience.
What happens at a Pride event
A Pride event is usually run in a city or town by a charity committee, who organise either a parade or a community area, or a combination of both.
A parade’s usually through the city or town centre, and it's similar to a parade at a carnival. It typically features local companies, charities and other organisations who all wish to celebrate diversity and/or show their commitment to equality.
Each Pride event has a different feel and focus. Some are more family-focused, such as Birmingham, which usually has a community area and funfair. Others have more of a party atmosphere, such as Brighton.
Attending a Pride event
2023 will bring us lots of Pride events across the UK, with Scouts attending many of them and showing our pride and inclusivity.
Take a look at the Pride parades happening in 2023, whether you're organising a Pride event or would like to attend.
Scouts Pride events across the UK
There're lots of opportunities to attend a Pride event with Scouts. We’re usually represented at different events across the UK. If you want to join, you can discover the pride events we're attending as Scouts in 2023.
London Scouts Pride
Scouts UK Headquarters coordinates attendance at Pride in London, where we both attend the parade and support the Pride Family Area. When registration opens, which is usually about three months before the event, you'll be able book onto the event via our Events page.
What our members who've attended Pride have said
Something that had a big impact on me was being able, as a young LGBT+ person, to be surrounded by similar people and it not mattering at all who was gay and who wasn’t.
It opens doors, inspires young people and potential volunteers to be confident in who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, and informs them that they’re accepted.
It’s important to demonstrate to young people that it doesn’t matter who you are, we value you as a Scout.
If you have any questions, please contact Scouts UK Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the FLAGS, which is a National Scout Active Support Unit that actively supports the recruitment, retention and ongoing support of LGBTQ+ adults in Scouts.
To find out how they can support you, contact them on email@example.com
Shop our Scout Pride collection at Scout Store
To get ready for the Pride celebrations, you can purchase rainbow neckers and items from our Scout Pride collection via the Scout Store.Take a look at Scout Store