June is the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, where the community gets together to celebrate love, raise awareness of issues that are faced every day by the gay community and advocate for equality for all. We’re lucky to have some fantastic events in Hertfordshire during this month, from informative workshops at the University of Hertfordshire to ways to help improve your business accessibility and diversity policies. Let’s celebrate love together this month…
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Hertfordshire’s largest LGBTQ+ festival is back for 2022 on 20th August at Cassiobury Park, Watford, from 12:00PM to 10:00PM, so you've got some time to help plan this special event and get involved! Celebrate with live music, talks and a dog show – yep, back by popular demand Herts Pride will also include a show off our favourite furry friends – and applications are now open to submit your pawfect pup now! Click here to find out how you can get more involved.
The University of Hertfordshire celebrates Pride month with an exciting programme of events that you can be involved with.
On Friday 10th June, their Pride March is back for another year of rainbows, colours and flags – students and staff are encouraged to come along and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Pronouns... buzzwords or keywords? If you would like to learn more about pronouns and why and how to use them, join their workshop run by Chloe McKendrick from the Students’ Union. She will be speaking about terminology, misgendering, and how you can bring pronouns into everyday conversation. Open to staff and students, Wednesday 15th June and 29th June
Finally, students, staff and external delegates can attend a lunchtime panel discussion entitled, What Does Pride Mean Today?, chaired by Mohammed Ilyas, Head of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Speakers include associate Professor Dr Alana Jelinek, Dr Cheryl Holman, Elijah Beevor, Jo Stuart and Dr Theo Gilbert SFHEA. This event is open to staff, students, and external delegates.
Ask for Clive is a charity that partners with venues to promote inclusion and to create welcoming environments for the LGBT+ community. They’re a Herts based company and they work directly with local communities and venues, and collaborate with law enforcement on training and reporting initiatives. They can provide venues with a sticker and briefing package for you and your team and in celebration of Pride Month, why not consider making a donation via their Go Fund Me page here.