Pride at Scouts NI
Scouts NI welcomes everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality. We help celebrate the inclusive and diverse culture within Scouts NI by providing fun activities, useful webinars, thought-provoking discussions, and practical training and support, all focused on pride. Annually from 2019, we have taken an active part in participating at Belfast Pride in Northern Ireland showcasing our Scouting Values at their best!
Scout Pride 2021 Playback
Did you miss out on any of the #ScoutPride 2021 sessions, why not catch up on anything you missed by clicking below.
Scout Pride Activities
Pride doesn’t just start and end with a parade! Scouts have developed a number of resources and activities which you can run with your Young People, to help you build a programme around Pride.
As Scouts, we organise and participate in Pride events throughout the UK. Beyond Northern Ireland, you can find out about how we support both current and new local Pride events, check out the below sections for more info.
Why attend Pride with us?
Whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity, Pride’s a great opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion in Scouts.
Attending Pride is a way of demonstrating our commitment to equality, building a more inclusive society, and welcoming LGBTQI+ members. Members have said, ‘It opens doors, inspires young people and potential leaders to be confident in who they are, regardless of sexual orientation, and informs them that they’re accepted’ and that it’s important ‘…to demonstrate to young people that it doesn’t matter who you are, we value you as a Scout’.
It’s also great fun, provides opportunities to meet other volunteers, and can be a powerful experience. One participant said something that had a big impact on them was, ‘…being able, as a young LGBT+ person, to be surrounded by similar people and it not mattering at all who was gay and who wasn’t.’
What happens at a Pride event?
A Pride event is usually run in a city or town by a charity committee, who organise either a parade or a community area, or a combination of both. A parade’s usually through the city or town centre; similar to a parade at a carnival. It typically features local companies, charities and other organisations who wish to celebrate diversity and/or show their commitment to equality.
Each Pride event has a different feel and focus. Some are more family-focused, like Birmingham, which usually has a community area and funfair, while some have more of a party atmosphere, like Brighton in the mainland UK. In Northern Ireland, Belfast Pride is one of the biggest festivals in the city and ranks in the top 10 national.
How can I attend a Pride event with Scouts NI?
There are loads of opportunities to attend a Pride event with Scouts: we’re usually represented at different events across the UK.
Scouts NI coordinates attendance at Pride in Belfast. When registration opens this will be communicated to you by Scouts NI.
How can I attend or find out about other Pride events that The Scouts attend across the UK?
Across the UK there are a number of various Pride events that you can attend as Scouts.
If you want to find out more about attending a Pride event with other Scouts, you can click here.
What do I do if I have a question about Pride or LGBT+?
If you have a question about Scouts NI at Pride or LGBT+, you can contact the NI Pride Coordinator, Justin Gawn by emailing email@example.com or alternatively contact the NI Commissioner (Inclusion).
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Did you miss our appearance at Belfast Virtual Pride in 2020? Why not click below on ‘Watch here’ to view our submission
Scout Pride 2020 Playback
Want to view our #ScoutPride 2020 session, click below to watch our session on the Scout Value of Respect!