THE LGBT+ community will be celebrated at an event in Dorchester next month.
Dorset Youth Pride returns to the Shire Hall Museum on Saturday, June 10, with a range of activities on offer to all members of the LGBT+ community and allies.
Now in its second year, Dorset Youth Pride is free and inclusive, with visitors getting the chance to take over Vinyl Van’s decks for ‘Pride Pick & Mix’.
Nina Corey, director at the museum, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall Museum again.
“As a social justice museum, we’re proud to support and champion all members of the LGBT+ community.
“We believe that Pride should be for everyone, so we’re delighted to be hosting this inclusive celebration for people of all ages.”
She said a range of informative displays and talks, craft activities and music will be on offer.
The museum has partnered with organisations across the county to deliver the event, including Space Youth Project, Pop’n’Olly, Dorset Youth Voice, Weymouth Gap Group, This is Me and Dorset Police.
The Young Historians Group from the Keep Military Museum will showcase their display, ‘Queer Was Always Here’, exploring LGBT+ figures throughout history.
And in the afternoon, Vinyl Van will be taking over the historic courtroom at Shire Hall Museum with Pride Pick & Mix.
Visitors to Dorset Youth Pride can take over the Vinyl Van decks and play some of their favourite music and Pride anthems.
There will also be opportunities to learn more about LGBT+ history and issues, with informative talks and additional resources available throughout the day.
Dorset Youth Pride has been made possible thanks to support from RiskSTOP Group, who are sponsoring the event for the second year.
Danny Lillington, managing director at RiskSTOP Group, said: “Dorset Youth Pride is again sponsored by the RiskSTOP Group at Shire Hall Museum. It is a wonderful initiative that deserves our support.
“By creating a safe and inclusive space for young people to celebrate their identities, this event promotes diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.
“It provides a valuable opportunity for LGBTQ+ youth to connect with each other, share their experiences, and feel proud of who they are.
“Moreover, by holding the event at a museum, it also offers a chance for participants to learn about the history of LGBTQ+ rights and activism.
“Overall, Dorset Youth Pride is an important step towards building a more accepting and inclusive society, and we should all applaud and support the efforts of the Staff at Shire Hall Museum for organising it.”
Dorset Youth Pride runs on Saturday, June 10, from 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit shirehalldorset.org.