Throughout June & July people worldwide are raising their rainbow flags to celebrate Pride - here’s what some of our wonderful Bootcamp graduates are up to!
1. Queer Cinema
Bootcamp graduate and Queer Newham co-founder Calu is facilitating space to discuss gender, sexuality and autonomy through Queer Cinema. They’re teaming up with Forest Gayte Pride to present Exploring Identity, a film showcase curated by QueerBee (an LGBTQI shorts platform helping queer filmmakers share authentic stories) followed by speakers and discussions.
“Our interactive discussions bring up all sorts of thought provoking and heart opening exchanges, exploring the many layers of our identities,” Calu said. “We are sharing resources, creating a space where participants feel welcomed and safe, and acknowledging the many ways privilege (or the lack of it) impacts our existence.”
2. UK Black Pride
UK Black Pride, co-founded by Bootcamp graduate Lady Phyll, is back and bigger than ever this year! Running on Sunday 7th July in the new, larger location of Haggerston Park, East London, you can expect a day of performances, workshops and celebration.
UKBP also run activities throughout the year, promoting the wellbeing of LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. More info about all events can be found on their website.
3. Planes and Perverts: Pride and Protest
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants are busy as usual this Pride. Bootcampers Harry and Kate have been helping organise their anti-capitalist radical queer dance party, Planes and Perverts: Pride and Protest. This alternative Pride event is fundraising to get queer people seeking asylum to London Pride.
Come along to The Garage, Islington on Saturday 6th July for workshops, stalls, film screenings, live music, spoken word and some of London’s best drag and DJs. More info and tickets here.
4. Justice for Nic Aaron
Sage attended Bootcamp’s TSAT training last month to develop skills and confidence for trans capacity-building work in Bristol, and she’s already putting them to use! Part of a small solidarity group, Sage is campaigning for justice for Nic Aaron, a student caught in a protracted academic limbo for speaking out against a transphobic event. So far the group has held a peaceful demo and a led transpositive teach-in at the SU.
Sage is calling on allies to mark Pride month by tweeting their concerns to @BristolUni, asking them to drop the charges. Read her analysis of the situation here.
5. History Talks and Poetry Workshops
Alexa is the director of Transgender Northern Ireland which runs The Belfast Trans Resource Centre, the only dedicated trans community space in the UK and Ireland. TransgenderNI do incredible work through community building, advocacy and lobbying, as well as running an impressive range of community events and meet-ups for trans, non-binary and gender questioning people all year round.
To celebrate Belfast Pride (3 August), the BTRC team are organising activities spanning from history talks and poetry workshops to clothes modification and tie-dying! Keep an eye on the TransgenderNI and BTRC twitter for the full timetable coming soon.
6. LGBT+ Inclusion Training
Bootcamp grad Robin has been busy this Pride, co-delivering LGBT+ inclusion training to community groups across Yorkshire and establishing Gender Space. Gender Space is a new initiative for trans and gender-questioning young people across the North of England, offering 1-to-1 support, information, signposting, and group meet ups.
More info on the inclusion training, which covers basic LGBT+ education plus the rights and responsibilities of organisations, can be found here. For Gender Space, email [email protected] or visit the website.
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