For us, Pride isn’t just for one day, we live with Pride; celebrating, educating and connecting the LGBTQ+ community and it’s allies across Surrey. The Pride In Surrey team of volunteers haven’t stopped and here are 10 things since Surrey’s 1st Pride on August 10th…
1. Volunteered at Reading Pride:
Some of Pride In Surrey’s team hired a minibus to help volunteer at Reading Pride. The team helped with the parade and controlled entry into the park. We also helped manage the backstage and information points across the park. A total of 9 volunteering hours each.
2. Hit the 40th Proud Show broadcast on Radio Woking:
Every Sunday 2-4pm Pride In Surrey take over the airways at Radio Woking. Bringing two hours of LGBTQ+ chit chat, chart music and weekly guest interviews broadcast on DAB, Online and Via the Radio woking app. Tune in one Sunday!
3. Continued to raise awareness of Surrey’s StopHateUK app:
Together let’s spread Pride – not hate! Did you know Surrey has it’s very own hate crime reporting app? In partnership with Surrey Police and StopHateUK you are now able to report hate crime direct from your smartphone or via the web. The app is free and is available to download in all good app stores. Pride In Surrey will be at Camberley market on September 21st.. come along and get your free Spread Pride pen and goodies!
4. Held the third mental health support group in partnership with The Mary Frances Trust:
Every month in Leatherhead, Pride In Surrey come together with the MFT to bring you the mental health peer support group. It’s always good to talk so this is a confidential way to meet likeminded people who like to talk and be there for one another.
5. We’ve donated over £500 to Outline Surrey:
Pride In Surrey offered a free entry ticket for the Summer Pride. Lots of Pride visitors donated online raising a total of £555.95. This has been donated directly to Outline Surrey.
Outline provides support to people with their sexuality and gender identity, including but not limited to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans community of Surrey, primarily through a helpline, website and support groups.
More information on Outline Surrey visit their website: outlinesurrey.org.uk
6. We’ve started plans for Pride 2020:
Plans have already started for Pride In Surrey 2020. We’ve analysed lots of feedback from visitors that we will be using in our plans for next years main Pride event and Parade. Pride 2020 will be bigger, have more stages, activities and of course more toilets and bar outlets! Watch out for confirmation on venue and dates for Pride In Surrey 2020.
7. Held an LGBTQ+ Night in Woking:
On Saturday 7th September we worked alongside Slug and Lettuce in Woking to bring an entertaining evening of Drag and lots of dancing. It was fantastic to see so many people from the community able to be themselves without fear of judgement or hate.
Pride in Surrey are also working with other venues to build more safe spaces across Surrey for the LGBTQ+ community.
8. Expanded the Pride organising team:
We realise Pride wasn’t built in a day and it takes many voluntary hours to build an inclusive, safe event for all. Identifying amazing people within the community we’ve been able to expand the team allowing us to build more for the community.
9. Pride in Surrey Founder and Chair Stephen Ireland becomes patron of Outline Surrey
Stephen Ireland the founder and chair of Pride in Surrey has accepted an official invitation to become Patron of Outline. As Patron Stephen will be key part of helping promote and connect Outline to both people needing their support and people that can support Outline in their vital and somewhat hidden charitable activities. More information at https://bit.ly/2ketdvq
10. Announced a date for Surrey’s first Winter Pride in Guildford:
On December 1st 2019 Pride In Surrey will be taking over The Electric Theatre and working with The Academy of Contemporary music in Guildford for Surrey’s first ever Winter Pride. The 1st of December is World AIDS day so it’s important we remember those lost to and living with HIV and AIDS.
While a programme of entertainment is still being finalised, we can confirm that live performers will be involved, with at least two main shows at the Electric Theatre, alongside other smaller performances utilising the surrounding outdoor spaces.
Tickets for Winter Pride will be on sale soon!