In the absence of Scottish Pride events this summer we have launched a new community fundraising event - Pride Picnic – to bring people together and raise money for our services during Pride month. We are excited that a week after launch, over 100 picnics have been registered across the country, from Knoydart to Dumfries. A big thank you to all the Picnic Hosts for getting involved!
Hosting a Pride Picnic is all about catching up with loved ones we haven’t seen in way too long. It’s about coming together in love and friendship. It’s about celebrating who we are and remembering those who paved the way for us by campaigning for LGBT rights and equality. It’s also an opportunity to make a difference to the younger generation of LGBTI people by fundraising to support our work.
We have teamed up with small businesses around Scotland who are offering an array of discounts and special products to picnic hosts and their guests. They are also sponsoring hundreds of pounds worth of prizes for our competition to enhance your picnic.
To accompany the launch of Pride Picnic, we have also partnered with artist Caitlyn McFarlane to design a range of Pride apparel, with all profits going to support our youth work. In a behind-the-scenes video, Caitlyn explains that she chose to work with us because she received support as a young person.
Our Fundraising Manager, Doro Weber, said: “It’s been emotional and thrilling reading the reasons Picnic hosts have chosen to sign up. Often, it’s the first time a group of friends has reunited after lockdowns, or it’s a family choosing to celebrate their LGBT kids. In some cases, it’s even morphed into a sort of school Pride event! It’s clear the idea has really resonated. We depend on fundraised income to keep our youth work services running, so we’re really excited that this event brings on board even more charity ambassadors and allies than ever before.”
A registered Pride Picnic hosts, Kelsey in Glasgow, said: “Nothing beats the blues and lifts your mood like spending time with your loved ones. Whether it's your birth family or your chosen family having that support group of friends who love you for you is invaluable. Being able to enjoy the company of those loved ones in the sun, or rain as it is Scotland, while raising money for an amazing cause is an event worth getting excited for! Pride as we know it may not be happening this year but that's not going to stop us celebrating who we are with the ones we love!”
Registrations are still open for Pride Picnic, and if you register before the 6th of June you have the chance of winning a prize from one of the event’s small business partners.