WE ARE FOREST GAYTE PRIDE
WE ARE FOREST GAYTE PRIDE AND WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE QUEER CULTURE, DIFFERENCE AND FREEDOM. IN OUR THIRD YEAR OF BRINGING TOGETHER THE LOCAL RESIDENTS OF FOREST GATE IN A CELEBRATION OF THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY AND OUR ALLIES, WE ARE COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS SINCE THE STONEWALL RIOTS, AND 30 YEARS OF THE ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST AS WE MAINTAIN OUR BELIEF THAT PRIDE SHOULD BE A PROTEST, NOT JUST A PARTY.
OUR PRIDE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE FINAL WEEKEND OF WORLD PRIDE MONTH, AND WILL INCLUDE ECLECTIC AND INCLUSIVE EVENTS FROM SPOKEN WORD POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, FILM, CREATIVE ARTS AND CRAFTS PROGRAMMES, EDUCATIONAL TALKS FROM LGBTQIA+ CHARITIES AND SOCIETIES INCLUDING THE ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST, STONEWALL AND LESBIANS AND GAYS SUPPORT THE MIGRANTS, AS WE CONTINUE OUR QUEST TO EDUCATE AND INFORM THE NEWHAM COMMUNITY OF THE LGBTQ+ ISSUES THAT STILL EXIST TODAY.
CHALLENGING HOMOPHOBIA IN SCHOOLS
Research shows that homophobic bullying is endemic in schools. It is three times more prevalent than bullying due to religion or ethnicity and not only does this affect pupils’ school work in the vast majority of cases, we also know that half of those affected skipped school to avoid the bullying.
In many cases it can also have a worrying effect on young people’s mental health; it can be no coincidence that instances of depression are significantly higher among LGBT young people, as are instances of young people attempting to take their own lives.
Even more worryingly, further research has shown that three quarters of primary school teachers hear phrases such as "that’s so gay" or "you’re so gay" in their schools, and many also reported hearing remarks like "poof", "dyke" and "faggot".
44% of primary teachers also say that young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, experience homophobic bullying, name-calling or harassment in their schools. That this sort of language and behaviour is taking root at such an early age is a problem, which should be addressed.
At Forest Gayte Pride we want to help create and facilitate an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone, including the children of our community. The LGBT+ Youth of Forest Gate have allies with us. We stand united.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE GAY LIBERATION FRONT AND LESBIANS AND GAYS SUPPORT THE MIGRANTS
AT FOREST GAYTE PRIDE WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THE NO PRIDE IN WAR MOVEMENT, AND HAVE ADDED OUR SIGNATURE TO THE OPEN LETTER CALLING FOR ALL PRIDE ORGANISATIONS TO DROP BAE AS A SPONSOR. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE PROTEST OR FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GLF AND LGSM.
"BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest arms manufacturers, is sponsoring Pride events in Blackpool, Portsmouth and Surrey this summer.
BAE has a long history of arming dictators, fuelling and profiting from conflict. It continues to provide Saudi Arabia, a state that executes its own LGBTQIA+ citizens, with the capacity to commit atrocities in Yemen. It is involved in manufacturing components for the F-16 fighter jets used by Israel to commit war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza. It is helping Turkey develop fighter aircraft at a time when the state is violently oppressing Kurdish communities in Turkey and Syria, and rolling back LGBTQIA+ rights.
'No Pride in War' represents groups challenging the militarisation of Pride, and we’re calling on Pride organisers to drop BAE as a sponsor.
We stand with our queer siblings and other oppressed peoples around the world and fight against companies that seek to co-opt our journey out of oppression.
We cannot celebrate our liberation at Pride when people are being killed with weapons used to fund our parade."
Forest Gayte Pride could not happen without the input of our amazing local community. The wonderful team at Fred’s on Woodgrange Road are just one of the local businesses who are again going to contribute to our celebrations!