Despite what the weather may be telling you, summer is most definitely here and lots of people will be gearing up to go to LGBT pride celebrations up and down the country.
Taking part in pride is just one of the ways that we show commitment to diversity in our communities. We’ve supported over 100 since 2010, flying the rainbow flag in Glasgow, Brighton and Bristol, to name but a few places.
This year we’ll be supporting four prides – Blackpool, Manchester, London and Brighton – by dressing up local food stores, marching in the parade or both! Our theme for this year is ‘We are proud’, because we are proud, both of our LGBT colleagues and of our new Co-op. Follow our summer of Pride at #prideincoop.
Here are our top tips for a fabulous pride
- See a parade – The parade is often the highlight of the festival, with loads of local LGBT community groups taking part. Keep an eye out for our colleagues if you’re heading to Blackpool, Manchester or Brighton.
- Talk to people about LGBT issues – There’s been so much positive change for LGBT people over the past few years, but there’s still more that can be done. Pride is the perfect time to talk to people about why advocacy still matters.
- Be a culture vulture – Many festivals now have gigs, plays or workshops taking place before or after the main event. Check your local Pride’s website for more details.
- Spend time with friends – whether you identify as LGBT or not, Pride is a great excuse to catch up with those closest to you.