#QueerAllYear is our commitment to visibility and pride as part of the LGBT+ community all year round. That being said, Pride Month is still absolutely something we want to celebrate and shout about!
Pride Month is celebrated in June as that was the month when the Stonewall riots took place; lead by a black transwoman, the riots were a catalyst that changed gay rights in the US and echoed around much of the world. Yeovil Pride, which our Chairperson Lou co-founded in 2019, takes place later in the year in August.
Pride is about being proud of who you are; regardless of whether you experience love, romantic attraction or sexual attraction and if you do, regardless of whoever you have those feelings for. Pride is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBT+ rights have come, and how in some places there’s still work to be done.
Pride Month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBT+ people, education in LGBT+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community. It also calls for people to remember how damaging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia can be.
So what have we got planned for Pride Month? Here’s what we’ll do, in 2022:
3rd June ~ Taste the Rainbow
We will be holding a rainbow-themed food competition for all ages as we join Yeovil Town Council in celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee on the 3rd June at Yeovil Recreation Ground. Entries are open until 22nd April, so act now for your chance to take part!
10th, 11th & 12th June ~ Home Farm Festival
All weekend at this local legendary music festival in Chilthorne Domer, we will be hosting and managing the Wellness Area. A place to chill out, find information about local groups and services, as well as participate in some taster sessions for a wide variety of wellbeing related activities. We have workshops in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and more!
20th June – 3rd July ~ Library Display, Dragonflies for Diversity
We’re taking over Yeovil Library! … okay, well, only the big window section at the front, but we’re doing it nonetheless! The display will consist of LGBT+ literature, lots of different LGBT+ flags and their meanings as well as an art display of different dragonflies from our community. More information about this is coming soon, including workshops to create your own dragonfly as part of the display.
25th June ~ Big Gay Day Out 2022
We’re heading to London en masse to go and visit the brand new LGBT+ museum “Queer Britain”. Anyone, LGBT+ or not, is welcome – everyone should learn LGBT+ history! To book your place, or ask any questions, please email us to join the waiting list.