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 the dates for Kent’s Pride events taking place in 2019:
- 15th June: Canterbury Pride – www.canterburypride.co.uk
- 29th June: Faversham Pride – www.pride-faversham.com
- 20th July: Folkestone Pride – www.facebook.com/folkestonepride
- 27th July: Sheppey Pride – sheppeypride.org
- 10th August: Margate Pride – margatepride.org.uk
- 17th August: Tunbridge Wells Pride – www.facebook.com/TWpride
- 25th August: Swale Pride – www.swalepride.co.uk
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:
- 7th July 2019: UK Black Pride, London – www.ukblackpride.org.uk
- 20th-22nd July 2019: Brighton Trans Pride – transpridebrighton.org
Other LGBT+ events in Kent
- 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
- Pride Fives – this is a new 5-a-side football league organised by the Kent FA. Launching in May 2019, Pride Fives is open to LGBT+ people and allies and will hold weekly fixtures at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury. You can sign up as a team or an individual – find out more here: kentfa.com/news/2019/apr/10/pride-fives-league-launching-in-canterbury
LGBT+ events further afield
- The Outing. This event, run by Metro’s youth service, Stand Out, offers a full afternoon of activities for young LGBT+ people in Medway. There’ll be information, music, a contour and conceal make-up session, workshops – and plenty of opportunities to socialise. The event is taking place from 2-6pm on 28 May 2019 at the MidKent College theatre, Medway Road, Gillingham ME7 1FN. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8305 5004 for more information.
LGBT History Month
February is LGBT History Month in the UK and lots of events take place across the county – and the country – every year. Here are some places to find event listings for the next LGBT History Month:
- 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
- The University of Kent hosts lots of events every year – many of them are free to attend and open to all. Take a look at their website a bit closer to the time to find out more: www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/lgbthm.html