People’s Pride Southampton actually started out as a dream just a little collective of LGBT+ people and allies trying to change things for the better and create community cohesion amongst the LGBT+ community.
We do not only offer a fully free, additional, complementary, accessible pride event that is non-commercial of nature once a year.
We also run outreach services on a market stall in Southampton on a weekly basis where people can get advice and support from us as well as signposting to other services, where we cannot help and much more besides.
We have embedded ourselves into the community not only working with other LGBT+ charities and community groups, but unlike most LGBT+ charities we also assist allies, friends, and family members of LGBT+ people too.
We have also taken up supporting and trying to integrate disabled people, neurodiverse, Bame community members and Trans community members as well, because all too often these sectors of society are not thought about both in the mainstream and LGBT+ community.
We also offer mental health services free at the point of access to increase people’s mental health wellbeing and on-going mental health stability.
The way we see things is that via the way of education, support and much more we can slowly create a community where LGBT+ people and non LGBT+ people can all live side by side in harmony and fully integrate into society.
We do this by following our mission which you can read about below.
We have already built a massive network of charities and community groups some are LGBT+ specific and others are not, as we do not feel that in every case and often find that some LGBT+ people would like simply to be able to go and seek support from nonspecific LGBT+ support groups and so on.
This is where we can signpost people to these nonspecific yet safe support options, further increasing the community cohesion aspect.
We would love to eventually build a one-stop-shop of LGBT+ and LGBT+ safe community groups all working together for the same purpose as we have mentioned and with our determination, we will one day get there.
In the meantime our aim is to continue networking with other groups, building accessible events, carrying outreach sessions, and most importantly making sure everything we are doing is always fully accessible to all, and therefore creating community cohesion and getting the most disadvantaged people reintegrated into the community.
We would also like to point out that we are by no means a charity that has bags of staff and so on, we are simply a group of LGBT+ volunteers and allies that aim to make the community we live in a better place to live side by side with others.
If you would like to join us, please click here, you are most welcome.
If you can help us in any way please get in touch by clicking here.
We believe in LGBT+ people being visible all year round, We are not only aiming for that, but we are making it happen!
CONNECT – BUILD – CHANGE
Connect people & organisations to the support, community, and information they need, when they need it.
Build a strong community and safer environment for LGBTQ+ people, their friends, families, and allies.
Change attitudes and behaviours so that the LGBTQ+ community is entirely integrated into the wider community, we are people too.
To build the biggest interconnected collective of LGBT+ organisations in Southampton & the surrounding areas
To support LGBT+ people, their families, and allies all year round
· To have the biggest non-commercial, accessible pride event in the UK
· To make ALL of our events accessible to the entire community including but not limited to transgender community members, the neurodiverse, and the disabled community, who are all too often left behind.