Inspiration for celebrating Pride this year

Inspiration for celebrating Pride this year

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June is Pride month, a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the world. Pride is usually celebrated with lots of parades and marches but with coronavirus and social distancing still in place, things will be a little different this year.

Unfortunately, Pride in Sheffield is cancelled this year too but at Sheffield Futures we want to support Sheffield’s young people to continue the celebration of LGBTQ+ communities and affirm their identities. That’s why our youth workers Beth and Natalie have put together some ideas to help young people celebrate.

Top tips for celebrating Pride at home this year

  • Engage with LGBTQ+ media. Netflix has a whole section of LGBTQ+ films. Spotify and Apple music have a number of playlists and podcasts by LGBTQ+ artists.
  • Share LGBTQ+ content with friends and family who are supportive of your identity. This can help them to get to know you better and reduce feelings of loneliness.
  • Connect with other LGBTQ+ people through forums and online chat e.g. Organisations such as LGBT Foundation, Terrance Higgins Trust and Galop are holding number of workshops, events and support sessions via Zoom so you can stay connected.
  • Watch tutorials on YouTube. This is a great time to develop new skills whether that be learning how to do make-up and contouring to learning how to play your favourite song on a musical instrument.
  • Research your LGBTQ+ heroes. Learning how other LGBTQ+ people have endured and survived challenges can be both inspiring and reassuring that you are not alone! Stonewall have put together a list to get you started.
  • Wear an item of clothing that signifies your authentic self. Clothing and jewellery are a great way of representing who you are. It can be as wild as a green & pink polka dot mini skirt or as subtle as a necklace.
  • Use creative outlets such as journals, poems or song lyrics to record how you’re feeling. Documenting your experiences can be a powerful way of learning from them and processing the emotions you’re experiencing.
  • Talk about your identity with people you trust. This could be over the phone, video or via instant messenger if it’s not safe to talk openly.

Remember, if you need support Door 43 offers support to 13-25 year olds on a range of emotional wellbeing issues. Our service provides information, advice and guidance to young people experiencing issues such as low mood, stress and anxiety, loneliness, difficulty accessing education or employment and low confidence. We aim to intervene at an early stage to stop emotional and wellbeing issues in their tracks before they develop into more serious mental health issues. Find out more about the support Door 43 offers and how to get in touch here.

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