Pride, LGBTQ+ and the National Trust

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June is Pride month, during which many of our staff and volunteers will be celebrating and commemorating the importance of the Pride movement.

2022 is a special year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK, which took place on 1 July 1972. Pride is a hugely important event for hundreds of thousands of people all around the world – part-celebration, part-protest and, for many, a chance to be visible.  As such, it’s an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as a society and acknowledge the work still to be done.

As a charity whose purpose is to make nature, beauty and history accessible for everyone, Pride also helps in our ambition to make sure everyone feels welcome in everything we do.

 

Pride Cymru 2019
National Trust staff at Pride Cymru 2019
Pride Cymru 2019

We're working together with our LGBTQ+ network to champion a safe and inclusive place to work and volunteer, where we embrace how our similarities and differences make us stronger. 

During lockdown we had to move to an online Pride but this year we'll be attending events and marches around the country, with large numbers of staff and volunteers coming together to mark the occasion. 

" I’m really delighted and excited to be taking part in this year's celebrations in person.  It’s important that the Trust is well represented, as a supporter of inclusion and diversity and to champion the contribution of LGBTQ+ lives in society.  "
- Tina Lewis, Director of People

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media channels over Pride month, where we’ll be sharing a wealth of Pride stories gathered by our curators and LGBTQ+ network. 

National Trust staff supporting Pride at an event in 2017
Someone attending a Pride event in 2017
National Trust staff supporting Pride at an event in 2017