Worthing Pride 2018

Worthing Pride 2018 is an event that has well and truly planted itself into our Scouting diaries!

This year marked the first time that Worthing was to have a LGBTQ+ pride and it was fantastic to see Scouts be a part of this historic event. 1000’s of people swamped Worthing to celebrate the event and perhaps this year’s tagline of “Diversity and Dreams” is the best way to sum up the whole experience.

As someone who grew up in Worthing, the thought that one day my hometown would hold a pride event seemed like a dream. Yet 21 years on, I was proud to not only attend but also lead (a very diverse) Scout representation. With our youngest member being 16 and the oldest being over 60, we represented both male and female Scouters, while also having members in the parade who not only define as LGBTQ+ but also a number of allies. We showed the diversity of Scouting in West Sussex and told the people of Worthing that Scouting is for all.

We certainly made some noise on the route and perhaps the memory that will stick with me the most, is seeing a sea of people join us for the cha cha slide and YMCA (pride classics!). The smiles, the cheers, the acceptance to be who you are and love who you want was felt the whole day.

Many of our members had never attended a pride event or parade and yet from this event, everyone at the end was asking the same thing… when’s the next parade!

Thank you to the organisers of Worthing Pride 2018 and Scouts can’t wait to create an even bigger impact (and more noise) at Worthing Pride 2019.

James Clarke     

West Sussex Scouts LGBT+ Advisor

Assistant UK Youth Commissioner (Leadership)

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