Pride month - celebrating LGBT+ communities
Thu, 16 Jun 2022

The month of June marks Pride month - a month dedicated to celebrating LGBT+ communities around the world and this year marks the 50th birthday of the first Pride march in London.

The aim of Pride month is to celebrate the work of LGBT+ communities as well as raising awareness of issues that may affect those communities.

The council will be supporting many Pride events, including Pride in Hull and the first ever Bridlington Pride which take place in July, and more recently has confirmed support for its employee led LGBT+ employee forum.

Nationally it is estimated that between 5% and 7% of people are LGBT+ with a significant increase in the number of people who are willing to openly identify as such over the last few years mainly due to the increase of dedicated support and services aimed at the community.

The LGBT strategic needs assessment showed that people who are LGBT+ often face:

  • increased risk of experiencing hate crime
  • lack of support in education
  • increased social isolation and loneliness
  • higher incidences of poor mental and sexual health.

The council's LGBT+ employee forum aims to provide staff with:

  • an increased awareness of LGBT+ needs and issues
  • a platform to learn about the needs of LGBT+ customers and residents
  • a space to support your health and wellbeing
  • the opportunity to have your say, attend social events and listen to guest speakers
  • a way for non-LGBT+ staff who would like to know how they can better support family members, colleagues, and customers
  • ways to learn more about championing our diverse and inclusive culture by being an LGBT+ ally.

Claire Watts, member of the LGBT+ forum, said, "I would encourage any LGBT+ employees to join the forum, it is a very friendly and informal network open to all. We will be attending Pride events in July and August and hope that LGBT+ staff and our allies will join us."

* The forum meets on the third Wednesday lunch time of each month, 12.30 - 1.30pm and the third Thursday evening of each month, 6.30 - 7.30pm via Teams. For further information, to sign up to the network or request an invite to join the meeting email lgbtforum@eastriding.gov.uk


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