Want to get more involved with your local LGBT+ community but don’t know where to start? Going to events can be a good way to meet new people and feel part of a wider, inclusive community.
We’ll update this page regularly with LGBT+ event listings in Kent.
The first Pride parades were political rallies, held to increase LGBT+ visibility and to protest against prejudice in society. You can find out more about the history of Pride here.
Today Pride parades, festivals and parties are still political events – where LGBT+ people can come together, make a statement by being themselves in public and continue to fight for equality – but they are also a brilliant opportunity to celebrate in a safe, inclusive environment.
Many Pride events are traditionally held in June, which is Pride month, although in Kent some events take place later in the summer. Here are all of Kent’s Pride events which we expect to be running in 2019:
- Canterbury Pride – www.canterburypride.co.uk
- Faversham Pride – www.pride-faversham.com
- Margate Pride – margatepride.org.uk
- Tunbridge Wells Pride – www.facebook.com/TWpride
- Folkestone Pride – www.folkestonepride.com
If you’re interested in travelling further afield to go to a Pride parade, you can find a good map of other UK Pride events here: www.ukpon.lgbt/pridedates
Specific Pride events – run just for certain parts of the LGBT+ community – are also held every year. These are an important way for communities to come together and raise awareness of the issues that affect certain groups, such as LGBT+ people of colour or trans and gender non-conforming people.
While there are currently no events of this kind in Kent, here are some events you might be interested in:
- Brighton Trans Pride. This year’s event has already taken place, but you can find out more about it here: transpridebrighton.org
- UK Black Pride, London. This year’s event has already taken place, but you can find out more about it here: www.ukblackpride.org.uk
Other LGBT+ events in Kent
- Building Resilience course for LGBT+ women (18+ only!). This free course is open to LGBT+ women aged 18 and up who feel they could do with a bit of extra support. Running from mid-9 January 2019, it’s designed to help people cope better with stress and anxiety so they are more able to bounce back from adversity. The sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings and run for six weeks – you need to commit to attending the whole course to take part. For more information and to find out how to register, visit the Folkestone Wellbeing Centre’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FolkestoneWellbeingCentre
- LGBT+ Creatives project (16-25 only!). This free series of workshops is open to 16-25 year olds from Swale – Sittingbourne, Faversham and the Isle of Sheppey – who identify as LGBT+ or straight allies. By joining this project, you will experience high quality art as an audience member, viewing a series of shows and taking part in workshops. All this then leads to YOU deciding on and creating your own awareness project. For more info and to find out how to get involved, visit ideastest.org.uk/lgbt-creatives
LGBT History Month
February is LGBT History Month in the UK and there will be lots of events taking place across the county and the country as a whole. Here are some places to find event listings in February 2019:
- The University of Kent is hosting lots of events this year – many of them are free to attend and open to all. Find out more here: www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/lgbthm.html
- The LGBT History Month website features an events calendar which you can filter by event location. See the listings here: lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar