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Pride and Prejudice: Local LGBTQI groups need your support!

  • This weekend London's streets will once again be awash with rainbow flags, facepaint, floats and festivities - it’s Pride 2017!

    Amid these colourful annual celebrations, it is easy to forget the long history of oppression, and the significant barriers still facing LGBTQI people both in UK and across the world.

    Localgiving’s ambassador Rod Thomas, AKA Bright Light Bright Light is a strong advocate for the LGBTQI community . As recently as February this year, Rod could be found raising funds and awareness for Pride Cymru through his 5k per day challenge.

    In the run up to London Pride 2017, Rod told us just how important it is to continue to support LGBTQI charities and community groups:

    “The widespread opinion is that LGBTQI people are safe these days, but homophobia and prejudice is still ingrained in so many pockets of society across the world - even evident in deals our own Government are making, and the actions of other Western countries who are supposed to be leading the free world.

    Prides are an important event to remind LGBTQI people everywhere that they are not alone, that they have support, and that they have rights. Supporting LGBTQI groups is so important, especially in times where there is a presumed safety but still very real danger for people, as their work truly saves and enriches so many lives”.

    So whether you’re parading in the capital this weekend, or planning on getting involved with any of the other Pride events taking place across the UK this summer – think about lending some support to the local community groups who work everyday to provide support to the LGBTQI community. 

    • The Proud Trust- supports LGBT young people and LGBT Youth organisations in the North of England.
    • Gendered Intelligence - work predominantly with the trans community in London with a focus on supporting young trans people aged 8-25.
    • The Kite Project - Promote the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire. 
    • Space Youth Project -Providing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning young people throughout Dorset.
    • HERE NI - Works across Northern Ireland with lesbian and bisexual women.
    • Q- Alliance - Provides information, support, assistance and fun for LGBT people in Milton Keynes.
    • GEMS - GEMS delivers inclusive activities for primarily older gay men in Brighton.
    • Viva LGBT+  Runs weekly groups in Wrexham, Rhyl & Llandudno Junction, where LGBT+ young people can access support, social opportunities & activities that raise awareness of LGBT+ history & culture.
    • Icebreakers An LGBT self-help, mutual support group for gay and bisexual men in Manchester.
    • Norwich Pride - A celebration from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans community for everyone in Norwich. 
    • Coventry Pride - Serves Coventry's LGBT+ community by running Coventry pride, celebrating LGBT History Month, Coming Out Day and running events to create a safe space for the LGBT+ community in Coventry.
    • Pride Cymru -  Works to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender within Wales.
    • Warwickshire Pride - Works to ensure that all people feel valued and included in society, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

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