Hastings Pride 2017 Promo
After the success of last year’s Hastings Pride, celebrating the decriminalisation of homosexuality this year’s theme of space and aliens may seem a little frivolous. All of us at Hastings Pride can assure you that you could not be further from the truth. Bringing people together is at the heart of Hastings Pride and we achieve this by ensuring an inclusive fun and entertaining day. Hastings Pride is about breaking down social barriers by bringing people together and conveying the important messages which cause the divisions we’re fighting against.
30 years ago, this year, the LGBT+ flag was first used. It represents the unity of the LGBT+ community. The LGBT+ community represents something which cuts though race and religion and brings us together through the core of our humanity, our sexuality, gender identity and spiritual being. So why an Alien and Space theme you may ask!
Originally the word ‘Xenophobia’ comes from the Greek words xénos, meaning ‘the stranger’ and ‘the guest’ and phóbos, meaning ‘fear’. Thus, xenophobia stands for ‘fear of the stranger’, but usually the term is taken to mean ‘hatred of strangers.
In this past year we have seen that hate crime has risen significantly. We’ve seen local people become part of a national campaign to actively lobby for the discrimination of the trans women. A GoFundME Campaign has been specifically set up for this very reason. The Stonewall School Report found:
Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45 per cent) – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools.
Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007. However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong
More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans
More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren’t trans have done the same