Every June, all around the world, people come together for Pride Month, to commemorate the Stonewall riots - the protests that changed gay rights for many people in America and beyond.
At the MS Society, we’ve celebrated Pride for the last four years, standing in solidarity with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex + (LGBTQI+) colleagues and community.
We had our first official MS Society presence at London, Belfast and Cardiff Prides in 2019. We marched with colleagues and the community to commemorate Pride and celebrate LGBTQI+ rights in the UK. COVID-19 has stopped us marching for the past two years, but it hasn't stopped us being proud of who we are.
How will we celebrate Pride this month and every day?
On our community channels – social and the website – we'll be celebrating our community and inviting people to share their stories. Especially this month – but also all year round.
Our commitment to equality
As an organisation we’re committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our work and community. Participating in Pride is one of the things we’re doing as part of this, and you can read more about our EDI strategy here.
Taking part in Pride marches
Pride events are happening all over the country this summer, including:
- Belfast – Saturday 30 July
- Cardiff – Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
- Edinburgh – Saturday 25 June
- London – Saturday 2 July
We're marching to show our commitment to LGBTQI+ people affected by MS and reach out to everyone who needs our support. We'll also be raising awareness of MS and its impact on people’s lives. And what we can do to help.
This year we’re supporting volunteers and staff to attend their local Pride marches with assets and messaging. We already have a presence arranged at the London march on Saturday 2 July.
In London, it takes approximately two hours to travel the parade route. The organising team want to make sure the parade is accessible for the whole community. We’ll do everything we can to make sure anyone who wants to can take part. If you’re interested and have any accessibility needs, please do let us know so we can make sure we can accommodate them.
To sign up to join us, or if you’d like more information about attending your local Pride event, please email [email protected].