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One evening last June, a multiple shooting took place in Orlando, Florida in a gay nightclub: a tragedy which reminded us all, irrespective of our sexuality, that the world is not always a safe, accepting space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, underlined by a brutal homophobic attack on-board a London-bound train in March this year and the recently awarded 16+ certificate given by Russian film censors to Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast as they view the inclusion of an openly gay character as propaganda harmful to children. LGBT+ pride events are events where the politics of gay equality campaigning both here and in support of our brothers and sisters around the globe stand shoulder to shoulder with a celebration of diversity and gender identity in an atmosphere of support and friendship. Our trip to the 2016 Pride Canterbury and our presence at Margate Pride was not only important in that it provided a visual reminder by way of our banner of the valuable work our organisation does in support of LGBT people with mental health issues but it brought us together, very much so, with our straight-but-not-narrow friends and families. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. A significant step on the road to equality, still yet to be fully achieved but bearing in mind there are still over seventy countries around the world who imprison and execute LGBT people, a major milestone nonetheless. SpeakUpCIC have arranged for a minibus to take us to Pride Canterbury on 10th June, which promises a picnic in the park, a parade through the city centre and free entertainment courtesy of RuPaul Drag Race stars The AAA Girls. On 12th August, we'll also be taking part in Margate Pride, flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT unity since it was first flown in the Gay Freedom Parade in 1978 in San Francisco and as relevant today in a country, our country, where a Church of England priest can bless a toilet, a pet and a house but not a loving, committed same-sex couple in a loving, committed relationship and where a Canterbury City Council member, voting to refuse a £500 grant to their local Pride, says it's only an event for a small minority of people, despite over 3,000 attending the previous year, and showing those coming to terms with their sexuality that it's okay to be yourself. For more information about the LGBT Forums in Thanet and Deal or our trip to Pride Canterbury 2017, please contact the office. 01843 448384  

Posted 04/07/2017 13:26:09
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