PETERBOROUGH PRIDE 2019

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PETERBOROUGH PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE

LGBTQIA+ Youth Café was a FREE pop up social group programmed by young people for teenagers. The café was open from 1st – 5th July, 4 – 7pm and provided a safe and friendly space to get involved in fun activities across the week, making friends and discuss things that matter in a space you can be yourself!

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WHAT IS PRIDE?

In Peterborough, the LGBTQIA+ community organise a week-long celebration which encompasses a number of different events aimed at all Peterborough residents. Pride is an opportunity for everyone to come together and demonstrate support and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community. It is for everyone, every race and every faith. Whether disabled or able-bodied, Peterborough Pride celebrates all sexualities and genders including Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Non-Binary and Straight. We believe Peterborough Pride should be fully accessible to everyone.

WHY NOW?

It’s perhaps a little odd that there isn’t an event in the city already and whilst a significant motivation for organising a Peterborough Pride is to celebrate our city’s diversity, there is also a very urgent and more far-reaching agenda.

Much has changed for the better in terms of equality and gay rights, and many peoples’ experiences are wholly positive and that’s great. Unfortunately, however, all too often we hear accounts of bullying, harassment and abuse on the streets purely because of someone’s sexuality or gender identity. In 2016, social intelligence company Brand-watch and anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label published research gathered over four years that analysed 19 million tweets from the UK and the US. The researchers looked at speech across topics including racial intolerance, misogyny, masculinity and homophobia. Peterborough was identified as a city hotspot of homophobic hate speech in England.

Coming out for many people also remains a deeply painful experience and the particular challenges faced by our transgender brothers and sisters feels as significant as ever. We don’t have to accept this as a given and as a city we can stand together in solidarity and say ‘no more’.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a not-for-profit organisation and any funds raised are entirely used for the purposes of Peterborough Pride, supporting the LGBTQ+ community and improving the event. Together, we run Peterborough’s biggest arts festival, and we’re proud to provide a platform that not only raises awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, but campaigns for a better city that recognises and celebrates difference.

Thank you to everyone who has been so generous with their support and encouragement to-date. On behalf of those who are helping to organise Peterborough Pride.

Best Wishes,

Simon Green (Community Pride Organiser)
•LGBTQIA+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual

Below is the programme for the Youth Café as part of Peterborough Pride 2019.

 

MONDAY 1ST JULY

PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE: CREATIVE WRITING WITH DEAN ATTA

As part of Metal’s Pop up LGBTQIA+ Youth Café award-winning poet Dean Atta will be holding a FREE creative writing workshop around the theme of identity and inclusion. No experience necessary – just bring a notebook and pen!

About Dean

Poet Dean Atta was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and was previously
a judge of the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award. Following the youth café Dean will be reading an extract from his latest young adult novel in verse The Black Flamingo; a book he would have liked

to have read as a teenager coming to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen.

Dean Atta Drag by Matt Hass (lo res website)

 

 

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TUESDAY 2ND JULY

PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE: FILM 

Join your host Jack Wilkin from The Kite Trust for a screening and discussion of the film ‘Love Simon’.

From the producers of The Fault in Our Stars comes the relatable and heartfelt coming-of-age film Love, Simon. Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon, it’s a bit complicated. The teenager hasn’t come out yet, and doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues will be a hilarious, scary, life-changing adventure.

 

The Kite Trust

The Kite Trust is Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people. They promote health, well-being, and inclusion; running support groups and providing training
on LGBT+ issues in schools and the workplace. Run by staff and skilled volunteers, they provide strong role models, peer support and a healthy community environment. Jack Wilkin is a project worker who joined The Kite Trust back in November. He has a background and interest in Queer Theory and performance.

 

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WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY

PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE: THEATRE & CONFIDENCE BUILDING WORKSHOP WITH KELLY GREEN 

As part of Metal’s Pop up LGBTQIA+ Youth Café, performance artist Kelly Green will be hosting a FREE performance and confidence building workshop playfully exploring how to generate ideas, ways of turning them into performance, whilst having a cuppa and safe chats about what holds us back. No experience necessary – just bring yourself!

About Kelly

Kelly Green is a working class, queer, single mum, dyslexic, academic and performance artist. She is a noisy, feisty, hot mess. Her performance work is fun, interactive and always about
class and gender.

LGBTQIA+ Youth Café is a FREE pop up social group programmed by young people for teenagers. The café is open from 1st – 5th July, 4 – 7pm and will be safe and friendly space to get involved in some fun activities across the week, make friends and discuss things that matter in a space you can be yourself!

Kelly Green


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THURSDAY 4TH JULY 

PETERBOROUGH PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE: DRESSING UP WITH THE FABULOUS JOSH

Artist Josh Daniel will host a playful afternoon exploring make up and non-binary fashion. There will be a range of vintage clothes to try on and a professional make up artist on hand to give top tips and advice. Try your hand at becoming a Drag King or Queen? Create your own persona or your fantasy self? This is a space to try things out, ask questions and play with gender identities in a non-judgemental space.

 

Fabulous Josh

The Fabulous Josh is your very own queer clown. Performer/ Host/DJ/Political activist The Fabulous Josh is camper than a Carry On movie and features entertainment so light
you can spread it on your morning toast.

During the day Josh is an LGBTQ+ Specialist Support Worker, working with young people, families and professionals to educate and create safe spaces working towards total inclusion. Coupled with this is ‘Downtown’
a community engagement project, working with local artists, starting conversations on development
of our cultural diversity.

Josh

 

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FRIDAY 5TH JULY

PETERBOROUGH PRIDE LGBTQIA+ YOUTH CAFE: LIP SYNC KARAOKE  

Kick off Peterborough Prides closing party with a lip sync karaoke extravaganza! No need to be concerned about your singing ability, led by the fabulous Josh Daniel from Queer Disco in Portsmouth, Josh will work with you or your team to shake off your shyness and bring your hidden talents to the stage!

Lip sync to all your favourite songs. If performing isn’t for you come along and cheer everyone on!

LGBTQIA+ Youth Café is a FREE pop up social group programmed by young people for teenagers. The café is open from 1st – 5th July, 4 – 7pm and will be safe and friendly space to get involved in some fun activities across the week, make friends and discuss things that matter in a space you can be yourself!

Lip Sync

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