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Do you know what happened fifty-two years ago?

The Stonewall Riots started on 28 June 1969 in New York City, with Pride events happening in cities across the US to mark the first anniversary. Pride arrived in the UK for the first time in 1972 in London.

So we just wanted to send you a note to let you know (or remind you) that today marks the 52nd anniversary of that pivotal moment in the fight for LGBT+ equality and the start of the global Pride movement.

This year, as we continue to battle with the coronavirus pandemic, we mustn’t lose sight of our ongoing fight for LGBT+ equality.

You may have read about the brutal attack on a trans man in Bournemouth in the last week, where the 21-year-old was stabbed in the face and he “thought [he] was going to die.” Pink News also reported on research that shows that four out of five transgender people in the UK have experienced a form of trans hate crime in the last 12 months. You can read the full report here.

In the South West, trans people currently have to wait over five years before getting access to the life saving healthcare they need. Whilst our nearest Gender Identity Clinic, The Laurels in Exeter, continues to miss the NHS’ own 18-week waiting time target, countless lives are at risk. Read more about the unacceptable waiting times for the South West’s only Gender Identity Clinic here.

And here in Yeovil, homophobia still continues to rear its ugly head too when just last month a woman in her twenties was left beaten unconscious by three men. If you have any information about this horrific, homophobic attack please do respond to Avon & Somerset Police’s appeal.

We have come so far since the brave patrons of the Stonewall Inn took a stand against police brutality and anti-LGBT+ sentiment. But there is still more we must do in our fight for equality.

By coming together later this summer, on Saturday 21 August 2021, we will send a message that it’s okay to be LGBT+, that we demand further political action for our community, and we will welcome with open arms anyone and everyone on their journey – coming together for every part of the LGBT+ community.

But we need your help to do this, to make Yeovil Pride 2021 happen.

Soon, we will be releasing details of our Crowdfunder to raise the money needed to put Yeovil Pride on. We’ll also open our RSVP system so you can let us know you’re coming to Yeovil Pride – essential due to the ongoing pandemic. And we continue to call on members and allies of the LGBT+ community to volunteer with us too to make it all happen.

We can’t wait to see you and come back together later this summer. But for now I hope you take a moment to reflect on how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go!

Happy Pride,

JK Doran
Chair of Yeovil Pride

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