Okay, as I have said before I am the President of LGBT at Brockenhurst college. For the past 2 years that I have been at this college I have been desperate to set up a college pride/parade. I searched everywhere for idea’s and examples of what people have done before… Guess what… It hasn’t been done before! Making my idea of a College pride completely original and meaning that our college will be the first college in the UK to hold a pride event. I am ecstatic about this as my LGBT group finally agreed to start organizing one.
We set a date; 22nd May 2012. However, being president means that I have a lot of planning to do as a lot of the LGBT group are shy and barely talk. Which is perfectly fine, and I’ve told them that none of them need to get involved as some of them feel it may ‘out’ them.
I need to start thinking of things that we could do to make this a proper Pride event. I have already thought of music and a drag race. Perhaps asking for local businesses to donate prizes for certain games we can hold, and food we can sell, and all the money will be sent to a gay-related charity. I have also started creating posters and bulletins to go around to inform people of the college Pride, and lastly started writing notes for tutors to read out asking that if anyone were interested could they please e-mail the LGBT e-mail to take place in a parade and to march for a gay related cause, or purely to dress up and march along at lunch time around the college.
However, being the FIRST college Pride, EVER, I want it to be huge! I need loads of idea’s that are do-able on a £0 budget. Donations may be do-able, and our college is an arts college, so we have lots of actors, singers, musicians, artists, people who make various things, and sculptures. So hopefully anything we need made or any performance may actually be very do-able. For anything else we can ask for charitable donations and charge for whatever event.
Please, please, please, if you are reading this and you feel this is a worthy cause, think of some idea’s of what to do at a college Pride event. The only things to keep in mind is that we have to be careful with any electricals, as it will be outside and we aren’t allowed wiring across the field, and we need ideas on how we can ‘police’ the event as there have been 1 or 2 homophobic incidents in the last 2 years. This is a risk, but it should be amazing, and I think that if we have the proper ‘policing’ whats to stop us?! The whole idea about Pride is to stand up and be PROUD of who you are, regardless of how many times we may be knocked back.
Thank you for any feedback you give.