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Dorset HealthCare is proud to launch this hub for the benefit of LGBT+ Staff, Patients and Carers in our county.
It will include information about local events, and also give contact details for those wishing for further advice.
In June 1969, in
the violent wake of a police raid on a New York bar, Stonewall was born – a
defining moment remembered by those who protested.
The Stonewall riots started in the early hours of 28 June 1969 during a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, a favourite haunt of gay and lesbian New Yorkers. As customers were hauled out in handcuffs, the crowd outside erupted into fury. That night’s rioting was followed by days of further violent demonstrations in the neighbourhood. It would change LGBT activism for ever.
The riots switched protest up a gear and pushed for an unapologetic, inclusive, enlightened culture in which gay pride would see off shame for good.
Fifty years later, Stonewall is one of the most significant global landmarks in the fight for gay rights (the gay rights campaign group in the UK is named after it). This month, June 2019, the movement’s 50th anniversary is celebrating in New York with a month of partying, lectures and readings and “the biggest Pride celebration in the world”.
It is hard to imagine what it must have been like in the 60s, when homosexuality was not only illegal but “still classified as a mental illness by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by mental health professionals”. If you were gay, it was not safe to be yourself.
Here in Dorset we
are celebrating with not one but two Gay Prides – in Bournemouth on July 13th
and in Weymouth on July 26th and 27th. In
particular the NHS Trusts across the County are uniting in their presence at
Pride and in their determination to improve the care and consideration given to
LGBT+ staff, carers and patients in Dorset.
Read an article about the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at The Guardian Online.
Bourne Free are looking for volunteers!
We are currently looking for volunteers to get involved on the day.
Exhibition stand open from 10am - 5pm, Parade starts at 11am.
You will find us at Lower Gardens, Bournemouth.
Be a part of Dorset’s largest pride march
Interested or want to find out more?
Please contact Jacky.Hoyle@Dorsetccg.nhs.uk or Becky.Neville@Dorsetccg.nhs.uk
Our ambassador Jonai recently wrote this piece for the Weymouth Gay Group website to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.
We, Jonai and Brian, met in 1999 in Dorset, shortly after Jonai came to England as a mature student of English. We have been living happily together in Dorchester for 20 years. In the first five years Jonai steadily moved towards being able to apply for British Citizenship which was granted in April 2005. Later that year we were the first gay couple in Dorchester to have a Civil Partnership ceremony, and that certificate was ‘converted’ into a legal marriage in 2014, so we have not had to struggle, as some couples do, with immigration and nationality battles.
Happy though we are, our battles on behalf of others have intensified in the last few months, where a far-right, homophobic president has been elected in Brazil. Our gay friends there have told us that it is no longer safe for us to visit Brazil, as they are afraid to be open in the light of homophobic hate-crimes encouraged by the authorities.
The story of a Lesbian Brazilian Councillor, Marielle Franco, who was murdered last year, shows how very bad the situation in Brazil has become.
On May 17, 2019, our NHS Dorset HealthCare Trust commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHOT, through discussions and activities around the IDAHOT.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people have made tremendous progress globally in claiming rights and inclusion, in recent years. However, LGBTI people in many countries continue to face widespread discrimination and violence, which leads to exclusion. This adversely affects both the lives of LGBTI people as well as the communities and economies in which they live.
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Mondays Weymouth Gay Groupvarious
venues around town
Thursdays Weymouth Gay GroupThe Swan table 79 right
hand corner by fire exit from 6pm
June 7th - 9th Summer Camp and Multu-Activity Weekend - Swanage Hosted
by Bournemouth Gay Men's Social's.
include - *Social evening *Summer Morning Walk near Swanage
*Kayaking from Knoll Beach (Studland) to Old Harry Rocks *Isle of Purbeck
Bike Ride *Summer Afternoon walk near Swanage
8th OutDoor Lads (ODL) walk Going up Came
Down A beautiful
circular walk from Dorchester, around the historic site of Maiden Castle and
then going up Came Down! With panoramic views across Weymouth and Portland to
the south and Dorchester and surrounding areas to the north. Walking along the
chalk down then down through the valley back to Dorchester. Info www.outdoorlads.com/events/going-came-down-190608
June 8th - 9th
GLUG - Gay & Lesbian Undewater Group
For divers who
love wrecks, we are offering 2 days RIB diving out of Portland to the wrecks of
Weymouth. We will be diving with Dive Beyond. The tides are perfect to reach those wrecks we
often don't get to do. Provided the weather holds we can visit the
M2, Aeolian Sky and Frogner this weekend.
RIB diving is more flexible and means we can come back between dives. You
will need be have Advanced Open Water certification or above and a minimum of 50
UK dives. All the deep dives are within the 30m range, but the bottom of some
of the wrecks go deeper than this. Air or Nitrox are both available.
You must be a GLUG member to join this GLUG dive trip. More info - http://www.glug.co.uk/2019weymouthjune.html
9th Gay OutDoor Club (GOC) Badbury Rings and
Kingston Lacy. A moderate 9 mile walk across rolling woodland and farmland;
descending from the Wessex Ridgeway down the valley to the picturesque village
of Milton Abbas; returning via Milton Abbey School to ascend Bulbarrow
Info - https://www.goc.org.uk/event/bulbarrow-hill-and-mi...
10th OutDoor Lads. SailingPoole area. After a
tremendous voyage last year, OutdoorLads is returning to the seas on board the
Prolific in 2019! This is an incredible opportunity to become part
of the crew on board the Prolific, an impressive sailing boat owned by the
Ocean Youth Trust! It's due to their charitable status that we can bring this
to you at such an incredible price - ordinarily, the trip would be at least
twice the price! info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/voyage-board-pr... (Note - You will need to join
ODL to take advantage of this event.)
20th Gay OutDoor Club (GOC) Walk Studland beach &
dunes. A 6-mile circular easy flat walk taking in the sea-shore and dunes. Info
June 22nd Exmouth Pride http://www.exmouthpride.co.uk/events/pride-2019/June 22nd Chesil Rocks. This popular annual local music festival is in aid of
Samaritans of Dorset.
The London Gay Men's Chorus have performed here during the last few years, and
are booked to return!
30th Gay OutDoor Club Jurassic Coast:
White Nothe Cliffs and Chaldon Herring A 9 mile stroll along the Jurassic
Coast from Durdle Door to White Nothe Cliffs returning along Chaldon
Herring's downland ridge with two climbs. The steep cliff undulations
will be avoided but remain an option for those wanting a challenge!
Advance notice of some events during 2019
July 3rd Ian McKellenThe Marlne Theatre Lyme Regis Ian McKellen is
appearing in person, on stage at the Marine for a very special fundraiser.
Limited tickets are also available for an intimate drinks reception with Sir
Info - http://www.marinetheatre.com/fundraiser-ian-mckell...July 6th London Pride https://prideinlondon.org/blog/2019-parade-dates
-14th BourneFree - Bournemouth Pride See our Pride page - https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/bournemouth-bo...
13th OutDoor Lads (ODL) Hike - Door to the
Castle A demanding hike from Durdle Door to Corfe Castle along the South
West Coast path. "We will take in some of the best bits of the Dorset
Jurassic coastline including:
Lulworth Cove, Worbarrow Bay, Tyneham, Kimmeridge Bay, Chapmans Pool, Square
& Compass, Corfe Castle." Info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/door-castle-190...July
14th OutDoor Lads (ODL)Studland & Harry's. A
leisurely stroll from Knoll Beach to Harry's rocks, the walk will end at
the Bankes Arms where you can
enjoy a refreshment with your new friends before making your own way back to
the start point at Knoll Beach. Make a weekend of it? There are two events
this weekend, why not sign up for both! Info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/studland-harrys...
20th Isle of Wight Pride https://www.iwpride.org/
July 27th Weymouth & Portland's first Pride! 3 days of events.
Details here on The Weymouth & Portland Pride website -weymouth-pride.co.uk
Pride is not
organised by Weymouth Gay Group, but we are very supportive and at it's birth!
You can read about how the local Pride came about here - https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/weymouth--port...
Aug 2,3 &
Pride Festival https://www.brighton-pride.org/pride-festival/
/11th GLUG Gay & Lesbian Underwater Group For divers
who love wrecks, we are offering 2 days RIB diving out of Portland to the
wrecks of Weymouth. We will be diving with Dive Beyond. The tides are perfect to reach those wrecks we
often don't get to do. Provided the weather holds we can visit the
M2, Aeolian Sky and Frogner this weekend. RIB diving is more flexible
and means we can come back between dives. You will need be have Advanced Open
Water certification or above and a minimum of 50 UK dives. All the deep
dives are within the 30m range, but the bottom of some of the wrecks go
deeper than this. Air or Nitrox are both available. Note- you must be a
GLUG member to join this GLUG dive trip. Info http://www.glug.co.uk/2019weymouthaug.html
Aug 25th Dorchester Love Parade (Pride) See our Pride page https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/dorchester-lov...
6th OutDoor Lads.
Jurassic Coast Late Summer Camping weekend Join OutDoor Lads for a
camping weekend at a natural World Herritage site, exhilarating walks and great
Info - https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/jurassic-coast-...