LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer / Questioning and Asexual and covers many other terms such as non-binary and pansexual.
Pride Month is the celebration, recognition and acceptance of people who are LGBTQIA+. Throughout the month and the months that follow, many cities across the UK (and the world) host Pride events. This includes a march where many organisations, groups and individuals participate to demonstrate their pride in their sexual orientation and gender identities. These marches are also a way for allies of the LGBTQIA+ community to actively demonstrate their support.
Pride Month allows us to demonstrate our support, celebrate the work that has taken place across the year, and unite our communities in celebrating inclusion and equality.
We have secured 50 wristbands to attend the London Pride parade and celebration, taking place on 01 July.
In collaboration with several other organisations for watersports, we will be using the hashtags #LoveWins, #Pride and #WhoeverFloatsYourBoat. Our video team will be attending to interview RYA groups participating and film our presence at the parade.
During the month, the Pride Progress flag will fly outside RYA house and will be incorporated into the RYA logo on our social media channels. We will also be sharing stories from members of the RYA community exploring various topics of inclusion.
Find out more about how we are celebrating Pride and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
The RYA LGBTQIA+ Network is for anyone interested in collaborating with the RYA to identify barriers to participation for members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. The aim of the network is to help develop strategies and initiatives to break down barriers. Ultimately making boating activities accessible and inclusive for all, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity.
This Pride Month commemorates the 1-year anniversary of the RYA LGBTQIA+ Network. We welcome any new members who wish to be involved. To join the network, please email the RYA's Equality Team.
There are many things you can do to show your support for LGBTQIA+ communities across your own networks such as:
“The status or role of a person who advocates and actively works for the inclusion of a marginalised group in all areas of society, not as a member of that group but in solidarity with its struggle and point of view.”
In practice, this means Heterosexual and Cisgendered people working alongside the LGBTQIA+ community to eradicate discrimination, hate, prejudice and bias.
True allies demonstrate this through listening, making meaningful action and being an active bystander. Ultimately, being an ally is about standing up for the rights of others who might experience barriers to participation, discrimination and oppression.
Understand your own privilege
Understanding your own privilege, may allow you to be an active ally to those who experience barriers.
Listen and educate yourself
Social media platforms are fantastic for learning with many people sharing their stories around the world and connecting with people you normally wouldn’t. Blogs, podcasts, tweets, news articles and stories related to the community can also help to keep you informed on important issues.
Be comfortable being uncomfortable
Sometimes, it can feel uncomfortable when you’re trying to learn new things and that’s ok. Acknowledging your discomfort and accepting it and moving forward can be an incredibly powerful tool to use as an ally.
Speak up, but not over
The allies’ job is to support. Do this in a way that does not speak over the members of the community, nor take credit for the things they are already saying.
Take feedback and apologise if you make a mistake
It is important to realise that you are going to make mistakes, and to apologise when you do. Nobody is perfect, unlearning problematic things takes time and hard work. If someone calls you out on your mistake, make sure to listen, apologise, and commit to changing your behaviour moving forward.
See something, say something – call it in
One of the biggest things you can do as an ally is using your voice to stand up and challenge. Allyship means not expecting that a person being bullied or discriminated against will have to stand up for themselves on their own. This action can take on many forms depending on the situation and what you have seen or heard.
Building a community of allies
Be a role model by spreading the word. Help to educate and encourage others to become an ally. Imagine what life would be like if every person was an ally for one or more group of people with different identities, what a world we would have!
Take a look at what we plan to achieve
Find out what all the different terms mean here