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Phil Nicol

Welcome to Pride in London week!

Monday June 20, 2016

Every year, Pride season is really busy for us here at Diversity Role Models, and this year is no exception. We’ve already been to Birmingham Pride last month, and we’ll be at various other Prides around the country. For the week running up to the culmination of the Pride in London festival this weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to pick out some of our highlights:

  • We R Exhibition: this free exhibition is taking place at Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road. Bringing together a number of artists, the exhibition aims to explore the limits of being equal and the right to be different. And there will be some fundraising activities for DRM going on throughout the week. Join us for the opening event on Wednesday 22 June from 6 p.m.
  • Big Girl’s Blouse: Award-winning trans artist Kate O’Donnell’s one-woman show is on at the Soho Theatre, from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 June at 7 p.m. Using humour, music and costume, Kate tells her story of what it was like to be trans in the Midlands in the 1970s.
  • The weekend’s festivities: On Saturday, we’ll have a big presence in the Pride in London Parade and we’ll have a stall in the Soho Square Community Village. And for the first time this year, we’ll also be at Pride in the Park in Vauxhall Gardens with UK Black Pride on Sunday. If you’d like to join us for any of the weekend’s events, then use the Contact Us link in the menu bar above.
  • We’ll also be speaking at a number of events over the course of the week, promoting our work tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and celebrating Pride with some of our corporate supporters including Accenture and Bloomberg.

But this week is also an important milestone for us, as we celebrate our fifth birthday as a charity on Thursday 23 June. We’ve come a long way over those five years since receiving our confirmation as a registered charity from the Charity Commission in 2011. We’ve reached nearly 44,000 young people in 1,900 of our workshops at 200 schools across the country, and we’ve trained nearly 7,000 staff too. We’ve grown to be a staff team of seven, backed by an army of 270 volunteers in locations across the country, working with the charity Brook in regional hubs in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Bristol. We’ve been funded by a range of organisations to deliver our work in many places across the UK, including a one-year project supported by the Government Equalities Office/ Department for Education for training staff at schools across England, and a current project funded by the People’s Postcode Trust in Barking and Dagenham to develop our whole-school approach.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our amazing volunteers, patrons, ambassadors, donors and supporters, who have got us to where we are today. We know that you’re going to help us to continue to reach out to more young people, and train more school staff, so that we can open minds and change behaviour for good. Here’s to the next five years and beyond. And in the meantime, have a very Happy Pride in London!

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