Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride

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Cyngor ar Bopeth Gwynedd Citizens Advice is proud to support LGBTQ+ Pride and to celebrate the voices of our LGBTQ+ community. 

What is Pride?

Pride began as a protest – we celebrate annually in June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots, which changed gay rights in the USA and beyond. It’s now a way for us all to come together in celebration, unity and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. It’s an opportunity to celebrate how far rights for LGTBQ+ people have come, highlight the many contributions of amazing LGBTQ+ people and push for continued progress.

Why are we using the Progress Pride flag?

Designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, the Progress Pride flag features black and brown stripes to represent people of colour, and light blue, pink and white to include the trans flag in its design. This flag recognises intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community and honours LGBTQ+ people of colour, whose activism inspired the very first Pride, as well as different gender identities.

Please note: most of the web links below are internal to Citizens Advice but at the bottom there are also links to external sources.

What are Citizens Advice doing to support the LGBTQ+ Community?

Citizens Advice is committed to being an inclusive organisation for LGBTQ+ people.

Research conducted during our 80th year celebrations showed how we’ve supported the LGBTQ+ community in the past. Read about how we adopted our first policy on lesbian and gay rights in the 1980’s and the reaction of the UK press at the time, as well as how individuals such as Dorothy Keeling and John Browning played important roles in progressing our service.

Our work to support LGBTQ+ staff, volunteers and clients continues today. 

Network Groups

Within the Citizens Advice network, our Network Groups play an important role to contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive service and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion at Citizens Advice. All of our Network Groups are open to colleagues from across our service and welcome people from local and National Citizens Advice. 

 Take a look at their Workplace pages to find out how you can support them:

Additional resources and learning

The EDI team have curated a list of external resources and learning to support you to understand the issues that impact the LGBTQ+ community, and what you can do to support them. We’ve categorised these into themes. Please note that we’re not responsible for the content on external websites.

Our Advancing EDI learning programme is centered around improving EDI capability and will help us deliver accessible services and ensure our workplaces are inclusive of everyone. There are 12 learning modules available, including a spotlight on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + (LGBTQ+) communities. Take a look at the national intranet page for more information on how the learning will be delivered to staff and volunteers in Citizens Advice.

Allyship

Campaigns

Inclusivity

Intersectionality

Lived Experience

Suggested ways to continue your learning

We encourage you to continue your research beyond the resources we’ve signposted to in this guide. Please take time to look at the work that LGBTQ+ organisations are doing, use the materials they’ve published to support your learning and take action to advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Charities that support the LGBTQ+ community

These charities support and campaign on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community on a wide range of issues. Click the name of the charity to visit their website.

  • Akt – supports LGBTQ+ young people in the UK, experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments.
  • Galop UK – provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence.
  • GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) – a volunteer operated membership charity whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender diverse people of all ages.
  • Gendered Intelligence – national trans-led charity, improving the lives of trans including non-binary people in the UK.
  • Kaleidoscope Trust – working to uphold and advance the human rights of LGBT+ people across the Commonwealth.
  • Switchboard – Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline, there to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits and conversations are 100% confidential.
  • Mermaids – UK charity supporting transgender kids, young people and their families.
  • MindLine Trans+ – a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid and non-binary. 
  • Stonewall – campaigning for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain and abroad.

Contact

The national equality team can be contacted via equality@citizensadvice.org.uk