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 LGBT+ members. Members have said, ‘It opens doors, inspires young people and potential leaders to be confident in who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, and informs them that they’re accepted’ and that it’s important ‘…to demonstrate to young people that it doesn’t matter who you are, we value you as a Scout’.
It’s also great fun, provides opportunities to meet other volunteers, and can be a powerful experience. One participant said something that had a big impact on them 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.’
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; similar to a parade at a carnival. It typically features local companies, charities and other organisations who 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, like Birmingham, which usually has a community area and funfair, while some have more of a party atmosphere, like Brighton.
How you can attend a Pride event with Scouts
There's loads of opportunities to attend a Pride event with Scouts: we’re usually represented at different events across the UK.
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Scouts UK Headquarters coordinates attendance at Pride in London, where we attend the parade, and also support the Pride Family Area. When registration opens (usually about three months before the event), you'll be able book onto the event via scouts.org.uk/events.
How you can organise attending your local pride event
Our Guide to organising Pride shares useful information for attending an event, including a checklist for organising a Pride event, and a list of useful contacts and resources.
In plenty of time for the Pride season, you’ll be able to purchase rainbow neckers and Pride merchandise via the Scout Store.Read the guide
If you have any questions, please contact Scouts UK Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact the FLAGS (a National Scout Active Support Unit that actively supports the recruitment, retention and ongoing support of LGBT+ adults in Scouts) to find out how they can support you, by emailing email@example.com.