Scouts took part in a fantastic Brighton & Hove Pride celebration on Saturday (6th August). It’s the second year that we’ve attended this LGBT event, alongside members from East Sussex and FLAGS Active Support Unit.
We were there to show the thousands of spectators that Scouting is diverse, inclusive and welcoming to people from all walks of life. For the first time, we were joined by young people between the ages of 16 and 18 and ‘Ruby’ the van who was decorated with bright purple Scout Pride balloons and signs, a mountain bike, kayak and other outdoors kit.
The sun was out, making the 2.5 mile parade from Hove Lawns to Preston Park thirsty work for our 26 participants. Some decided to dance and sing along the route whilst others issued stickers to the spectators or carried the Scout Pride signs.
For the first time we set up a Scout Pride stall in the Community Village area of Preston Park, creating an opportunity to talk to Pride attendees in more detail about Scouting and encourage them to get involved.
Amy Widgery, District Youth Commissioner for Lewes said
“I’m attending Brighton Pride to show my support for our LGBT members. Attending community events like these are a really important part of our commitment to diversity and showing that Scouting is truly for all! I’ve absolutely loved it and look forward to attending again next year.”
Check out our Pride photo album