Report by Darren Kyte, Scout Pride Co-ordinator for Birmingham Pride
This was the first attendance of the Scouts at a pride parade since the lockdown we all experienced.
Since the lockdown measures were eased, as scouts, it was important that as lockdown measures have eased we could have as near normal experience taking part in the parade, which was great for everyone's mental health and to show we are still here for our young people who maybe struggling with their sexuality. It's important for them to know that us leaders are here to support them as we slowly all return to face to face scouting.
Just over 30 scouts attended the parade in Birmingham including young people from the scout and explorer sections, their parents and leaders.
Everyone had a fantastic time today an...
Scout Pride 2021
We'll be live on Saturday 26th June from 18:00 to 22:00 listen on scout.radio/play or ask your smart speaker to 'launch scout radio"
18:00 Scoutcast Pride Party
Jack is Joined by The Scouts Adviser for Cub Scouts Matthew Longden to have a go at some pride activies for younger sections and give you some programme ideas. From 19:00 We'll be having a disco to complete our party.
20:00 Ask Scout Radio
Roger and Anna are Joined by members of the scouts inclusion teams to answer your questions about inclusion.We'll be discussing how you can support lgbt+ members in your local scouting and how you can get involved in prides in your local area as well as answering your questions. You can send a question to be answered anonymously using the form below.
This year Scout Radio visited The Scouts at the family area of London Pride 2019.
While The Scouts have been attending London Pride for a number of years this is the first time that the family area has been in partnership with The Scouts.
This is what some of the volunteers and participants had to say:
As well as the Make, Do and Share activity zones there was also a rainbow campfire with songs and stories. This is Children's author Olly Pike who had been reading by the campfire.
We also linked live between the Scout Radio Activity at Shire Jam 2019, Adam and Callum spoke to Jack from Scout Radio who was at the family area.
The scouts have been attending London pride for 14 years to show our commitment to equality and building a more inclusive society. Starting bright and early in regents park there was chance to meet other members, listen to some of their stories and of course, get glitter on!
With the glitter on it was time to head to cavendish square to meet the near million strong crowd and over 300 other organisations taking part in the parade
“The atmosphere is amazing here, so good!”
Andy Milford - Assistant Cub Scout Leader, 15th Cardiff
Whilst everyone at pride has a good time, County Youth Commissioner, Ben, told us how important the support from scouts and pride is to anyone questioning their gender identity.
“ As a trans person pride is so important to remember because…even though there are...