People’s Pride Southampton started out as a dream!
A small collective of LGBTQ+ people and their allies trying to change things for the better, trying to create a community with true cohesion!
Not only amongst the LGBTQ+ community but through the community as a whole!.
Not only do we offer a 100% free community festival every year, but we also
run a weekly outreach program in Southampton city centre offering valuable
support and advice to members of the LGBTQ+ community… and of course
to anyone who asks for it regardless of sexuality or anything else.
We are here to buck the trend of Pride organisations who seem to have a
primary focus on money, controlling diversity, corporate sponsorships,
and all that jazz!
We are accessible to all, we will never take on corporate sponsors outside of working with local community businesses that we can support in exchange, we are different! We create events where every single person can be involved!
We believe that we are part of a bigger community… of course, we can have our own community, if there’s a knitting circle then why not a group for LGBTQ+ people? However, unlike most LGBTQ+ charities we support our local community; if you are bi, gay, straight, poly, [insert your identification here] and we can help you then we will!
We actively work with and integrate disabled, neurodiverse, bame community members and Trans community members because all too often these sectors of society are not thought about, be it in the mainstream or the LGBTQ+ community.
We also offer mental health services, free of charge, to increase people’s mental health, wellbeing, and on-going mental stability.
The way we see things is that through education, support, and much more we can slowly create a community where LGBTQ+ people and non LGBTQ+ people can live side by side in harmony fully integrate into society.
We are quite simply, proud to be different!
As for our funding, that we have been struck massively by covid-19 and have had to postpone our annual event three times. We have been unable to fundraise with the exception of a few stalls, but due to us not being commercially funded, we desperately need your help!
We provide a two-day event, with two stages of live music, family entertainment, on-site learning zones, speakers corner, party games and so much more! (We’ve even got a bouncy castle this time)
This event is completely free to all members of the public LGBTQ+ or… not
This event costs us £7,500… we have currently raised just over £2,000… we are asking for any help you can offer to ensure that this essential community event goes ahead!
Particularly coming out of COVID-19 restrictions and the urgency of helping people get back into society, we believe that having to cancel this event would be devastating to our community!
If you can help with that you can click here to see all the ways to donate, We would like to thank you in advance for your support.
We have already built a massive network of charities and community groups some are
LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ 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
i 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 LGBTQ+ 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.