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Published: 10 June 2020

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Believe it or not, we’re already in June, which means the official start of one of the most colourful months of the year - Pride! Hear from the Health and Wellbeing team on what Pride is, how it started and how you can get involved.

Pride is a chance for everyone to celebrate love and friendship and to take note of LGBTQ+ rights and history, regardless of how you define yourself. The events of recent months have meant we’re all having to rethink how we can support Pride safely and with respect to the political situation we’re currently experiencing.

How did Pride start and why?

Pride began as a response to the Stonewall riots of 1969, a protest against the police after a raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York, a bar often visited by members of the LGBTQ+ community. At the time homosexuality was illegal in many countries. It had only been made legal in the UK in 1967. A year after the riots, Pride was established as a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and a reminder of the need to fight homophobia and work for a more equal society.

Planned activities during Pride 2020

When not in lockdown, Pride events take the form of parties and festivals in many cities and towns across the world. Sadly, this year is slightly different but the organisers of Pride in London still have coronavirus-safe activities for you to enjoy throughout June.

  • A huge number of digital events which you can find on Pride in London’s Coming Out.
  • Pride in London’s campaign, You! Me! Us! We! aimed at encouraging acts of support across communities.
  • They’ve launched a new community fund, where you can donate to the cause.
  • The group is also continuing to lobby government for change on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community, including the Gender Recognition Act.

To show your support for Pride, there are a few steps to show your commitment to the community.

There are loads of things you can do to show your Pride and support for the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of your identity.

  • Call out all forms of biphobia, homophobia, and transphobia
  • Don’t assume someone’s pronouns (e.g. he, she, etc)
  • Follow, listen to and amplify LGBTQ+ voices online
  • Actively engage with queer voices through books, film and media
  • Educate your friends and family about marginalised LGBTQ+ communities
  • Take part in all international LGBTQ+ days, not just the ones that include you
  • Write to your MP about LGBTQ+ rights in the UK
  • Show up and support queer performers who are hosting virtual shows and events
  • Support LGBTQ+ owned business and organisations

If you would like to pledge your support for Pride, visit the Pride in London website.

At the University of Sunderland in London, we are very proud to support all members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you want to talk to the Health and Wellbeing team about any issues related to your experience as an LGBTQ+ person or ally, you can arrange a one-to-one confidential chat at londonhealth@sunderland.ac.uk or call them on 0207 5317 343.

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