We need your support to bring a free and accessible Pride to Bude this year on June 25th, in conjunction with Pride's 50th Anniversary! Our theme this year is Young Person’s Education, and we will thread this throughout our event.
Help us bring communities together and share the message of zero discrimination, love & peace!
Why support a Pride in your town?
The struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and marginalised people in Cornwall are a real issue. From direct, and indirect discrimination to an increase in hate crime, we are much more likely to have mental wellbeing challenges and many in the community do not feel safe within "ordinary" environments in our town.
By collaborating with local educational facilities, mental health initiatives and businesses we are working towards the prevention of ignorance-based prejudice ensuring that everyone feels safe and able to be their authentic selves.
For many this could be the only public event they attend and feel safe.
Our Crowdfunder Target!
Based on the event expansion plans for this year and the continued work we do throughout the year we are aiming for £5,000 in crowd funding.
To get involved with Bude Pride 2022, contact us on [email protected]
Where are all the Prides in Cornwall this year?
With a lot more excitement for everyone - 11 community Cornwall Prides are coming to the whole of Cornwall in May, June and July!
Falmouth - May 7th
Newquay - May 14th
Penzance - May 21st
Saltash - May 28th
St Ives - June 11th
Truro - June 18th
Bude Pride - June 25th
Camborne - July 2nd
St Austell - July 9th
Bodmin - July 16th
Redruth - July 23rd
Cornwall Pride, now a registered charity number 1191003, builds on the success of the last 15 years as a shining beacon of visibility and awareness of the LGBTQ+ and marginalised communities across Cornwall; however, we recognise that while visibility is important, it will take much more to make our Duchy a better place for LGBTQ+ & marginalised people to grow up, live and work in our beautiful Cornwall.
With you, we will bring Pride back to Bude for another year!
Money raised goes towards ensuring Bude Pride can continue to deliver its community objectives and support LGBTQ+ and other marginalised groups.
WHAT WE DO
Through fundraising and the generous sponsorship of local individuals and businesses in 2021, Bude Pride was not only able to host its first ever Pride event, but we had the pleasure of working closely with some local primary schools. Amongst other exciting project components such as sourcing lesson plans, improving upon policies and providing staff training, we have begun supplying these educational facilities with a variety of children's literature incorporating LGBTQ+ and diverse representation. These can be used both as a teaching resource as well as for independent reading and is a great example of how easily things can be integrated without drawing attention too/tokenising the topic at hand; which can highlight ‘difference’ and indirectly create taboo.
It’s easy to forget that Pride originated as a protest for basic human rights, and they will continue to exist until real equality is achieved. Prides have since bloomed into extravagant celebrations of identity and culture, reminding us all that it is ok to love who you want to love and to live life as your authentic self. Whilst striving to offer Bude something exciting and refreshing, without solely focusing on history and activism, these events play a crucial role in raising awareness. Bude Pride 2021 provided a platform on which the brightest could shine, and the curious could ask questions. We created a progressive dialogue and signposted those who asked for help in the right direction. We watched as teenagers soared, generations came together, people ate cake and truths were expressed in a safe and celebrated environment.
This year our celebration will be bigger and better than last year featuring many talented entertainers and artists from around the UK. We will have an amazing lineup throughout the day and evening for everyone to enjoy.
Alongside the entertainment, we will also be hosting an EduCorner (an educational area focusing on primary education) for adults and kids and within this will be the Travelling Library with a plethora of books which feature inclusive representation.
As last year, stalls will be held within the Shine Market by local vendors and community groups as well as lots of things for the kids (and grownups) to get involved with.
Our mental health signposting area will be better resourced with more experts on hand to talk to people, listen and give advice.
Last year’s event was extremely well received. People made new friends and contacts and thousands of locals and visitors joined us to support and be part of the celebrations.
The event really exceeded our expectations and we saw that our town is curious, supportive, open minded and that people are passionate about being inclusive.
The EduCorner was filled with people wanting to know more and asking questions.
Our mental health stalls, including our very own Mental Health Signposting area were also highly subscribed. Lots of people opened up about their own mental health struggles as well as of these whom they love, and were signposted to really important, potentially lifesaving services.
Fundamentally, Bude Pride is about creating a healthy future for all by nurturing a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where everyone can realise their full potential.
Everyone has the right to live authentically and be safe and respected in doing so. Ensuring our town is inclusive, accepting and kind will cultivate positive mental health and wellbeing not just for those identifying as LGBTQ+ but for everyone.
WHY WE DO IT
Growing up and living in Cornwall as part the LGBTQ+ and marginalised community is tough. Many people experience feelings of isolation and loneliness, and this is only greater for those who are hiding who they truly are.
The demand for dedicated support within our community is currently not being met by statutory provision.
We want to raise awareness of this and encourage the community to support each other. We want to educate old and young to irradicate ignorance-based prejudice which in turn will reduce menta health issues.
By coming together, we can help increase individuals’ self-confidence, self-worth and broaden their horizons.
In the long-term, our aim is to reduce isolation issues, increase cultural experience, improve mental health, help build healthy relationships and achieve a better quality of life for all.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
The event this weekend found a way to invite people who were unsure into the conversations instead of locking them out. “It gave visibility as well as the opportunity for the community to come together and peoperly get to know one another,” Gibbon adds. “An opportunity to get to laugh and celebrate together as one community, rather than maintaining the ‘us and them’ mentality that can be the undertone that lies within more rural towns and villages.”
“Of course Pride should be in Cornwall. We don’t want to miss out on any joy!”