Cornwall Pride 2020
Cornwall Pride, with you we will make Pride happen and shine as a positive message, support the mental health of our communities, and become a socially distanced, COVID-19 assessed outdoor live Pride event; RAINBOW FEST.
Cornwall Pride have been working behind the scenes for the last month negotiating with the local authorities to produce YOUR Rainbow Fest 2020. We are excited to tell you that with your help we believe it CAN happen on the 29th August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The problem is, in this strange world since March this year any gathering of people presents many issues, which are solvable but this costs money.
As a double whammy, organisations and businesses which normally support Pride financially are unable to help us in the way they have before.
So…….what does this mean?
Unfortunately, for the first time in Cornwall Pride’s history, we are asking you to donate as you can (minimum £6) to create the most amazing day of Summer 2020. We have great rewards for you to access Pride & every penny you donate will help make Pride happen.
What do you need to do?
1. Choose the time 11am-3pm or 4pm-8pm
2. Select a reward
3. Chose the people you want to come with & we will contact you to find out the size of your “bubble” and who is in it (2-8 People)
4. Come to Newquay on 29th August and have a great socially distanced time.
On the day, to comply with the COVID-19 regulations we will:
1. Take your temperature
2. Ask you to socially distance from all people not in your bubble
Please don’t hang about. The only way we will know that you are interested is for you to get a ticket by selecting the reward and we will only move forward if YOU tell us you want it.
Whilst we believe we can make this happen with all the measures we put in place, we understand that the world can change and we may have to withdraw the event. As this is crowdfunder your money is safe and they will return it back to you.
We need to know you want this, so if we haven’t heard from you with positive donations by 14th August, we will review if we can hold the event.
A Celebration of Diversity in Cornwall and the Southwest!
We are Cornwall Pride, with you we will make Pride happen and shine as a positive message, support the mental health of our communities, and become the UK's first socially distanced, COVID-19 assessed outdoor live Pride event; RAINBOW FEST.
Cornwall Pride is a not for profit organisation supported by a growing number of amazing volunteers, with more than 140 people who together create a Pride for Cornwall we are proud of.
It's been a tough year
Our communities have disproportionately struggled through this challenging time, through isolation within isolation and mental health challenges. Cornwall Pride's volunteers have supported the best we could & we have not stopped, through the virtual world the best we can, with quizzes, music shows, our own virtual pride & supporting many other virtual prides. We have done this with very little to no financial support, because we knew we had to find a way to bring our amazing communities together.
Within the current financial climate many business/organisations have reduced or suspended financial support, due to their own financial constraints. Alongside this reduced funding, there will be increased costs for, PPE/Security/Staffing/Fencing etc & a much lower capacity will be needed, to enable social distancing. Together this means we really need your help to make Pride happen.
Socially Distanced Rainbow Fest
Cornwall Pride Rainbow Fest will have local entertainment, community organisations, local and national activists, food, a bar and trade stalls throughout both sessions.
To achieve all of this in the safest way, the event will have a smaller attendance (we are limiting numbers to 499 each session) but on a much larger site in Newquay.
You will need to arrive at Pride as a bubble as a minimum of 2 people up to 8 people, & we will require to know who they are before the event. We are also including temperature checking on entry as well a very robust safety plan, with socially distanced queue system, one way walk system to access the stalls/bar/food, alongside other PPE and social distancing measure, to ensure we always have the highest standards.
We can only have this Pride, with your extra help...
So on August Bank Holiday, we realistically feel we can put a live "Pride" on, which will be fully socially distanced, and COVID-19 assessed. This can only be done with everyone's help and support.
It is very much outside of our normal activities as we have to create a brand new COVID-19 assessed event, to purposely support the mental health of people at this incredibly tough time.
Cornwall Pride isn't only asking for financial support as we launch our first ever Crowdfunder campaign. We are asking you to be resilient, responsible and support others.
Impact on our communities
2020 has been the toughest & scariest year for everyone. We have lost so many amazing people, we have suffered through isolation and personal worries. With lots of twists and turns most definitely still to come. We want to find a way to bring some positive love, togetherness and unity in such a tough year.
Cornwall Pride is putting on this engaging, positive & supportive mental health event for our communities as they have been in isolation.
With research from the LGBT Foundation showing over the lock-down period the LGBTQ+ community have increased calls to charities around; bi phobia (increased by 450%) , transphobia (increased by 100%) and homophobia (increased by 52%).
Our community is in crisis not only through hate crimes, cyber bullying, but with their own struggles of isolation in the community. As there are many people who are locked in family groups with people that do not accept them for who they are. Pride is the only opportunity for many to actually feel safe and be themselves in Cornwall, which ultimately and clearly supports their mental health.
Cancellation of Pride's
It's been a tough year for Pride's in the UK and the Globe with most cancelled, postponed or moved to a virtual platform. From the Intercom Trust's LGBT+ south west voices survey, several survey respondents have felt impacted by the cancellation of Pride events. Pride events across the South West are extremely important to the LGBT+ community. They provide opportunities to reduce isolation, to connect with others, and to raise visibility in areas where people do not always feel safe to reveal their identity.
“[it is] More difficult to connect with community due to cancellation of many events” – survey respondent
“It’s silly but no pride this year has affected me more than I thought it would.” – survey respondent
“The cancellation of pride events is very disheartening.” – survey respondent
Intercom Trust Help line is : 0800 612 3010
Cornwall Pride in the Community
Cornwall Pride is not just a celebration of diversity & it's not just for the LGBTQ+ community. As we stand in solidarity for the many scared, vulnerable and marginalised people to have some sort of rest bite, to come together with like minded people and feel safe. We support all protected characteristics (younger & older, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation) through our program in the event which is here to bring everyone together in unity.
For our communities Cornwall Pride is there to ultimately improve wellbeing and wellness, help build our self-confidence, change our psychological perspective and thinking by being a shining beacon of support, connect to our local communities, get out and about, linking with other people with our shared interests. We will also need support from you as we will ask for feedback and want to understand the impact of the day. The stories from your Pride day is what makes Pride magical.
We are fortunate to have the support and backing of Devon & Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire & Rescue and the NHS who collectively support the well-being of everyone attending.
What we expect the day to be like
With your support we absolutely know that this can happen and deliver a much needed COVID-19 assessed day for the LGBTQ+ community, many of whom have been isolated for so long and even longer than lockdown. This will also be a huge major positive support for Newquay, Cornwall, as it will be the only “face to face” Pride in the entire country.
This is a Cornwall Pride like nothing before. Where we will all have to do our part to keep everyone safe at all times. This will mean;
- You will have to Socially distance yourself for others (even friends),
- You will have to wash your hands regularly throughout the session,
- You may even have to wear a mask...
But... we can make all of those things we have to do...
- extra fabulous,
- extra fun,
- extra creative
& bring Pride to life in the best way we can together.
Our first two confirmed acts for the event, Our amazing incredible headline act Perrin Hooper & our incredible host Sammy Shepherd who have both featured on Global Pride 2020 with an audience of 57 million people!
With many more acts, speakers and activists joining us for the day. This is our opportunity to bring a very real stand in #solidarity to all marginalised people in our community and bring communities together. Within our LGBTQ+ community and beyond. As we together share our values:
Please see our amazing rewards for you to make Pride happen.
Please see Intercom Trust research:
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