ASDA'S Children's Area

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The Children’s area this year will be in its own alcohol free zone over Leeds Bridge near to the Fun Fair. Sponsored by ASDA, the children’s area will be a place to have fun, get creative and celebrate pride with other rainbow families.  

‘Asda are really proud to be sponsoring the family area at Leeds Pride for the second year running. We are really passionate about driving an inclusive culture in our business so that our colleagues can bring their whole selves to work. We love working with Leeds Pride and are looking forward to a fun filled day in our local community’

A young person’s guide to Leeds Pride

“Pride is about knowing you won’t be alone and you won’t be judged.”

“Pride is about celebrating solidarity as a community and everyone showing respect.”

“It’s about being comfortable in your own skin/body, just being yourself.”

“It’s about celebrating how times have changed and how many people have equal rights and freedom of speech.”

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UNDER 18YRS AND LGBT OR Q?

Youth Workers from the City Centre Youth Offer team (part of Leeds City Council) run 2 youth groups; “Out 2 18” & “Transtastic” Both groups provide a safe space for peer support, advice and guidance to young people that identify as LGBTQ. The groups offer…

An opportunity to take part in youth work activities and have fun! 

A chance to meet new people, who are in a similar situation. 

Learn new things, such as about LGBTQ events & celebrations, how to look after yourself & keep yourself safe, information about sexual health &relationships, education & training and so much more. 

The youth workers can offer advice about how to come out to family and friends and how to get the right support you need. They can also help support you to access more specialist services if you want them. 

The young people who attend are able to socialise freely within the group and don’t have to come every week. 

For more information please get in touch: Ring or text one of the Youth workers that run the group & they’ll ring you straight back to save your credit:

Sam on 07712 214 421 

Debi on 07712 101 979 

Or contact the city centre team at their office:- 

Email: youthoffer@leeds.gov.uk 

Phone: 0113 378 5033 

A big thanks! 

This leaflet was written and produced by members of the Transtastic & Out 2 18 youth groups.

WELCOME TO #LeedsPride

WHAT IS PRIDE? 

The Stonewall riots (AKA the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in June 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in New York City. At the time the Stonewall Inn was the largest gay establishment in the U.S. and because of this the riots are considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States of America. 

Since that time, across the world the month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate these riots. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Brenda Howard is known as the "Mother of Pride", for her work in coordinating the first LGBT Pride march, and she also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. 

LEEDS PRIDE is Yorkshire's Biggest annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life. It has been running since 2006, and in its tenth year (2016) had over 40,000 people in attendance. The number of people coming to Leeds for the celebration is expected to grow every year. 

There is loads to see and do and for more information go to www.leedspride.com but the main events on Sunday 6th August 2017 are:

12:00noon – 2:00pm: Parade Stage @ Millennium Square
From 2:00pm: Parade through the City Centre
2:00pm – 8:00pm: First Direct main stage @ Lower Briggate
6:00pm – 6:00am After Pride Party @ Club Mission

SAFETY TIPS

Prepare for the day, you never know what the weather will be like so bring a hat, sunscreen, umbrella, drinks, food etc… 

Travel in a group. It’ll be really busy so easy to get lost. Go to places, particularly the toilet in pairs and if you want to go off somewhere else, let your friends know where you’re going. 

Look after each other & at the start of the day agree a safe place to meet in case you do get split up.  

Under 18’s are not allowed to drink alcohol; but if you are drinking watch your glass or bottle at all times. Don’t over do it and try to behave responsibly

Remember drugs are illegal. Be aware of the potential of being spiked and never accept any drinks or substances from anyone. 

It’s a good idea to have a mobile phone, but keep it safely away in your pocket, along with your cash and other personal belongings. Remember to save enough money to get home. 

If someone is behaving suspiciously or making you feel uncomfortable, ignore them and walk away

If you are a victim of a crime or witness a crime, report it to the nearest police officer, ring 101 or for an emergency 999. 

At the end of the day safe sex is the best sex but please go home with the people you came with. If you make new friends take their name & number and arrange to meet at a later date. Remember always meet in a public place and always make sure someone knows where you are and who you’re with. 

If you are feeling ill, anxious, overwhelmed any stall or person with these logos on are safe to go to. They will try to help you. 

HOW TO ACT RESPONSIBLY & SHOW RESPECT TO OTHERS

1) Mind your language and be mindful that terms LGBTQ members might use may not be appropriate for others to use within the community. 

2) Only take photos of people you have permission from. If anyone is in the background ask them if it’s okay for them to be in your picture or if not if they would kindly move. 

3) Don’t make assumptions about people. Just because they are at the event doesn’t mean they are part of the LGBTQ community or ‘out’ to anyone and everyone. 

4) Everyone has the right to their own opinions. If you disagree with someone be respectful and don’t start any debates. Pride is a celebration about equality, LGBTQ rights and acceptance of difference. 

5) If you are over 18 drink responsibly. Be mindful of families and other people who may not be drinking due to driving or having young people and children under their care. 

6) Think about the respect that other people deserve no matter what their appearance, race, religion or ability is. If you disagree with anything you see, walk away, turn a blind eye or ignore it; because not  everyone shares the same opinions as you.