Every year we celebrate Pride Cymru by coming together as a movement to learn, ask questions and have fun. However, the Covid-19 pandemic meant that this year we had to think a little bit outside of the box when it came to our celebrations, but we didn’t let it stop us!
We wanted to ensure that although we couldn’t celebrate in person this year, we still provided our young people with a safe space to learn, be themselves and feel supported by their leaders.
Pride Cymru is an opportunity for our young people to explore, push boundaries and ask questions and with that in mind we hosted a series of events over the weekend where they could do just that!
Scouts from across Wales joined together to take part in a series of Pride Cymru events which included a virtual coffee morning, a Module 7 Scouting for All session, and a Pride quiz. We also held a virtual session, ‘Akela, what’s a lesbian?’, to help our volunteers feel confident in understanding the LGBTQI+ community and supporting our young people with any questions they may have.
Gareth Tanswell, Commissioner Wales – Inclusion, said: “Obviously we were gutted that we weren’t able to celebrate Pride in the same way as we normally would have, but wanted to still ensure that we created a space in that weekend for our LGBTQI+ members to get together and celebrate their contributions towards Scouting.
“The ‘Akela, what’s a Lesbian?’ session included our own Chief Commissioner, Rhian Moore, and the whole panel answered a variety of questions that our volunteers had around LGBTQI+ inclusion and it was a huge success.
“We are so proud of the contribution that our LGBTQI+ young people, volunteers and staff make as Scouts, and continue to strive towards a fully inclusive organisation where everyone’s difference is valued and cherished.
“Differences are what makes Scouting as a movement so strong. We are all different, with different journeys that we have been on in life and each of us is unique and this is what makes us an amazing force for good when we come together.”
ScoutsCymru is open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, and encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more.
The full ‘Akela, what’s a Lesbian?’ session is available to watch here – https://youtu.be/H74UkTe1Q20