June is #PRIDE month!

June is #PRIDE month!

Written By: Equality & Diversity Committee
Edition: June 2020

Last year’s Nottingham Pride event marked the first time that members of the Nottinghamshire Law Society arranged to march in the parade to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community on behalf of Nottinghamshire Law Society.

Despite the slight downpour of rain, it was an incredible event where individuals from across the legal sector came together to show their support, ensure that LGBTQ+ people are celebrated and help to spread a message of equality.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing circumstances that have changed all our lives this year, pride events in Nottingham and across the world have had to be cancelled. This does not, however, mean that pride is cancelled.

Pride events are a fantastic and often fun way for people from all backgrounds to come together and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The purpose of these events is to spread a message of equality, celebrate how far we have come and reflect on how much there is still to do. All this can be achieved even in times when we cannot come together physically.

Over the last few months, we have seen how adaptable we can be to change when circumstances dictate it. People across the world have found creative new ways to stay connected with love ones and we have all changed our ways of working, particularly within the legal sector.

We hope that we can channel some of this creative energy into ensuring that message of pride is spread and remembered during these difficult times.

Below are a few ideas on how you can celebrate Pride this year:

  • Read books by LGBTQ+ writers or on LGBTQ+ history. A few suggestions below:
    • Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
    • Pride by Matthew Todd
    • We Are Everywhere by Matthew Reimer & Leighton Brown
    • Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
    • Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker
  • Listen to podcasts from LGBTQ+ creators. Some suggestions below:
    • Making Gay History by Eric Marcus
    • Out with Suzi Ruffell
  • Support an LGBTQ+ charity. Some suggestion below:
  • Reach out and give support to LGBTQ+ friends, family, and colleagues.

Mini Pride

As we will be unable to attend pride event this year, we thought it would be a great opportunity for people to hold their own mini prides by meeting up with up to five friends and colleagues on walks or in parks (in adherence to social distancing guidelines) wearing as much rainbow gear as possible.

So, get your face paints out, your brightest tops and maybe even rainbow face masks to honor and celebrate Pride season.

If you could then please send your photos to us, as well as posting them online using the hashtag #NLSPride20 and #LegalPride.

We will publish photos in the July edition of the bulletin.

We will be looking into sending a small prize for the most colorful and creative photos sent in.

If you would like to read abut how the wider Law Society is celebrating pride, please click here.

As ever, we hope that everyone is staying safe and well during these strange times.

If have any further ideas on how we can celebrate pride, would like to discuss anything to do with pride, and to send in your Pride photos, please email leecollishaw@ropewalk.co.uk.

Nottinghamshire Law Society’s Equality & Diversity Committee.