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CCCq @ London Pride

On Saturday 25th of June, members of CCCq, together with friends and partners, took part in the London Pride Parade. The weather favoured us with only one short drizzle of rain, and everyone was in great mood, excited and proud to represent Canterbury Christ Church University. There was a lot of standing around to begin with as the 40,000 strong parade got organised, but that gave us time to get to our banner up and take a group shot!

Once we got moving, the atmosphere and the support from the crowd was fantastic. There were a few excited cheers for us as well, from people with some connection to CCCU – some students watching the Parade clearly recognised their university and were excited to see it represented. There were also several messages of support for the Orlando victims, both in the Parade and among the public, underlying the continued importance of LGBT+ dedicated Prides and other events.

Here are a few more pictures from the day to give you a flavour of the event. Hopefully next year you can join us! To find out more about CCCq events and how to get involved, please email cccq.equality@canterbury.ac.uk

CCCq Marching @ London Pride 2016 (25 Jun 2016)

We are delighted to be marching at the London Pride 2016 on Saturday 25th of June. Everyne wishing to support LGBTIQ staff and students at CCCU is welcome to join us, so if you work or study at CCCU please come along. Partners, family, friends and allies are also all very welcome.

Please see our Eventbrite page here for details of time and place and to register your attendance so that we have an idea of numbers.

See you there!

London Pride 2013 – Staff and Students Unite in Pride

London Pride BannerOn Saturday 29 July 2013, staff and students from Canterbury Christ Church University marched together as a visible network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning members of the University community and were amongst the 500,000 people who took part in the Pride in London Parade 2013.

The University is proud of its diverse community and the belief in the inherent dignity and potential of every person is one on the University’s core values.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Notes:

The staff network was established in 2011 as a recommendation of the 2009 Sexual OrientationPride1 Position Paper and the Equality Scheme 2011-15 and meets regularly as a supportive, open and friendly group for staff to meet each other, discuss issues affecting LGBTIQ staff and friends and plan awareness raising events. As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) network, the group is a support network relating to both sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2012 one of the founding members worked closely with the Equality and Diversity Unit to produce a Gender Identity Policy Statement, highlighting the University’s commitment to the further improvement of facilities and support for Transgender and Intersex staff and students.

The University is a member of Stonewall the Lesbian Gay Bisexual (LGB) charity and features in their Gay by Degree guide, demonstrating its commitment to supporting its LGB and transgendered students. Our student body, supported by the Christ Church Students’ Union, is also very active in promoting an inclusive environment for all.

Information on the policies and schemes relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, staff and student networks and LGBT events can be found at: www.canterbury.ac.uk/equality

London Pride Arrangements – Saturday 29 June

London Pride Logo

Co-ordinated by the University’s Staff LGBTIQ network, CCCq, Staff and Students from the University will be marching together as a visible network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/questioning members of the University community at London Pride on Saturday 29 June.

The London Pride Parade is a procession of walking groups and floats which together march through the streets of Central London to celebrate the LGBTIQ community.

The University is proud of its diverse community and the belief in the inherent dignity and potential of every person is one of the University’s core values. Regardless of your sexuality, help us to shine with pride, by marching with us on Saturday 29 June! Click here to book your place

For more information about London Pride 2013, visit: http://londoncommunitypride.org/

Arrangements for the day:

Date: Saturday 29 June 2013
Parade Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (finish time is dependent on position within the parade)
 
Meeting place: Outside Marks & Spencer’s (near Southeastern railway platforms 11-13), St Pancras International Station, London
Meeting time: 11:30am
 
For those of you travelling from Canterbury West Train station it may be possible to save some money by making use of the ‘group save’ discount. If you would like to travel as a group from Canterbury West, please can meet in the ticket office at 10:00am.
 
Once everyone has assembled outside Marks and Spencer’s we will take the tube to either Regent’s Park or Baker Street and will proceed to the parade entrance, which is located on the Marylebone Road/Baker Street junction.
 
The theme for this year’s pride is a celebration of gay marriage and is divided into a number of sections. We have been allocated ‘the guests’ section. As ‘the guests’, we are encouraged to be the most colourful, loudest and fabulous guests any wedding has ever seen! I have attached a spreadsheet detailing our position in the parade and the other organisations participating in the march.
 
For those of you who have never marched before, here are a few tips:
  • The pride parade is a celebration of the achievements of the entire LGBT+ community. It’s a platform to increase visibility of the diversity of the LGBT+ community and to continue the fight for equality and acceptance within society.
  • For use during the parade, the University has purchased a banner and branded sashes. Please feel free to bring along any rainbow flags, whistles etc.
  • Comfortable shoes: due to the parade lasting a number of hours, it is recommended you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Water and sun cream: with some luck the weather will be sunny! With this is mind, it’s a good idea to bring along a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated and also apply sun cream to protect yourself from harmful UV rays!
  • Personal belongings: for your safety, it is recommended you keep your personal belongings to a minimum. Personal belongings are the responsibility of the owner and should be secured in a zipped pocket or bag.
  • Dress code: due to representing the University, please ensure you wear suitable clothing e.g. no ripped jeans or t-shirts that contain offensive slogans.
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