Pride 2021 might not be quite the celebration we had hoped for but that won’t stop our communities coming together to celebrate all things LGBTQ+ while continuing to raise awareness, equality and diversity within the workplace and at home.
This year at Regent’s Place, Pride season will be running from June to September (Black Pride is taking place on 2nd-4th July and the ever-popular Pride In London parade and weekend will now be happening on 11 September) and we’re hosting a diverse range of events, installations and commissioning a documentary to raise awareness and funds for our LGBTQ+ communities.
British Land and Regent’s Place are proud sponsors of the charity Just Like Us, Albert Kennedy Trust, Freehold and Stonewall. We also work with local organisations forum+ and Mosaic Youth throughout the year.
Read on to discover activities and events from our community partners, retailers and networks that you can get involved with during Pride 2021.
Support Just Like Us
Growing up LGBTQ+ is still unacceptably tough which is why British Land and Regent’s Place are honoured to work with Just Like Us, an LGBTQ+ charity whose mission is to empower young people to be role models championing LGBTQ+ equality at school and work.
As part of our Pride 2021 celebrations, we’re raising funds for JLU during Pride season. Simply head to the Regent’s Place Plaza (where you’ll also find rainbow-coloured Pride seating) and make a contactless donation at our Giving Box. You can also donate directly to JLU.
Support Just Like Us in July
Just Like Us runs School Diversity Week from 21-25 June (sponsored by British Land) which is an annual celebration of LGBT+ equality in education, celebrated by thousands of primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across the UK. Sign up to find out more.
Join the Regent’s Pride Network
The Regent’s Pride Network is a group of LGBTQ+ people and allies from businesses, charities and organisations in the Regent’s Place area. We work together to host LGBTQ+ positive socials, workshops and training for businesses whilst sharing learnings from our own experiences to come together for a more inclusive, prouder world. For more information or to join our Regent’s Place Pride Network, please email email@example.com. You can also read more about the network.
Visit Loudest Whispers 2021
Sponsored by NHS Camden and Islington Foundation Trust and forum+, Loudest Whispers, now in its twelfth year, showcases the works of LGBT+ artists and is a celebration of the community which this year is themed ‘Body Mind Spirit’. The exhibition starts with an introduction by Peter Herbert with a virtual gallery that’s similar to playing a video game. It uses the same principles to help you navigate your way through the gallery giving information about the artist, work and pricing as you move. See the exhibition.
Join the Santander Pride Quiz Fundraiser for the Albert Kennedy Trust on Thursday 15 July
The Santander Embrace and Social Mobility Networks invite you to an interactive quiz challenge to celebrate Pride 2021. They’ll be raising money for akt (Albert Kennedy Trust) which supports homeless LGBTQ+ young people in the UK into safe homes, education or employment to ultimately get their lives back on track. 100% of the proceeds will go to supporting akt. It will take place on Thursday 15 July from 6-7.30pm, sign up on the event page.
Stay in touch with your support systems
It’s important to stay in contact with people who can offer support outside of the home – taking time to keep in touch with friends and loved ones either in person (being mindful of social distancing guidelines) or over video calls, is vital. Joining an online LGBTQ+ group can improve support systems. Below are a few options:
- Stonewall has compiled a list of QTIPOC organisations on their website.
- MindOut is an online support charity for LGBTQ+ people facing mental health issues
- Terrence Higgins Trust is the leading HIV charity in the UK and has produced Coronavirus-specific advice for people living with HIV
- Regard is a national charity for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities
- Live Through This support LGBTQ+ people living with cancer and have online peer support services
- Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a network of local mutual aid groups supporting communities to look out for one another. Several areas, including London, have LGBTQ+ specific mutual aid groups
- Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25 who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment
- Galop, the LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity has put together a pack to support transgender people
If you are feeling alone or need to speak to someone the below resources are available to you.
- LGBTQ+ Switchboard helpline. Open 10am to 10pm daily. Telephone 0300 330 0630
- Galop LGBTQ+ anti-violence helpline. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Telephone 0800 999 5428
- Kooth.com can providing online mental health and wellbeing support for any young people (11-18) affected in your family
- Samaritans have a 24/7 helpline. Telephone 116 123