The Borough of Gravesham has a long history of social integration. Ours is a multihued and widely diverse population. We have a long tradition of welcoming and enfolding new ideas and new cultures. However, despite having an estimate of over 8000 LGBTQI+ people living in the Borough of Gravesham, and even more visiting for work, education and leisure, we do not have adequate representation and support within the area.
2019 saw the largest number of Pride events held throughout the globe. Pride was celebrated in 53 counties in total and the United Kingdom saw a record high of 83 events. As a result, LGBTQI+ residents throughout the Borough of Gravesham began to show interest in holding one here.
In March 2019 a public meeting was held in order to organise our own Pride event leading to the election of a core committee which has grown in number as the project has progressed. Gravesham Pride is a registered Community Interest Company (No. 12069934) operated by volunteers.
Gravesham Pride CIC are running an LGBTQI+ Pride event on Saturday 15th August 2020 on Community Square, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU with the aim not only to celebrate the local LGBTQI+ community, but also to display avenues for support and information as well as draw in a wider audience from other sections of the community to encourage cohesion and inclusion which will raise the profile of the area and promote local businesses, charities and services.
What Is Pride?
Pride events are annual gatherings which consist of a parade, a staged entertainment event, stalls selling food, drink and products and information stations from relevant organisations. They are held worldwide with the aim to bring the LGBTQI+ community together to celebrate our contributions to society and our achievements. They also aim to highlight how far we have left to go in our search for inclusion. They display avenues for support and information and promote local businesses, charities and services who are accepting of the LGBTQI+ community as well as draw in a wider audience from other sections of the community to encourage cohesion and inclusion which will raise the profile of the area profile as one with equality as its focus.
Why Is Pride Important?
- 21% of LGB have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months.
- 41% of trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months.
- 81% of LGBT people who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police.
- Only 46% of LGB people and 47% of trans people feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to everyone in their family.
Figures from Stonewall / YouGov report – LGBT in Britain, Hate Crime September 2017
- To promote the visibility of Gravesham’s LGBTQI+ community by delivering inclusive, safe and enjoyable annual Pride celebrations in Gravesham.
- Be fully inclusive of all sections of the LGBTQI+ community.
- Be inclusive to all other sections of the community in order to create lasting bonds of cohesion.
- Provide a celebration of LGBTQI+ life and a platform to continue the fight for equality and to challenge prejudice.
- Establish Gravesham Pride on a sustainable footing and grow the festival over time to serve better the needs of Gravesham’s LGBTQI+ community.
- To make Gravesham Pride an annual celebration to remember.