Deptford LGBTQ Pride will take place this coming Saturday.
The event first took place last year and was organised by two local residents, Jess Childs and Georgia Little, who have since moved away from the area.
New organisers Peter Collins and Ste Richardsson, both local residents from the queer community and members of the Deptford Society, have stepped forward to carry on the great work of last year with the ambition to make Deptford LGBTQ Pride an annual event.
Chairman of the Deptford Society, Peter Collins said: “Deptford Pride is a grassroots celebration and day of visibility for LGBTQ+ people which also seeks to involve the wider local community.”
GBTQ+ Officer of the society, Ste Richardsson, added: “As a queer person of colour who has been homeless, I recognise the importance of engaging marginalised groups within LGBTQ+ communities, including people of colour, women, trans and non-binary people, disabled people, people living with HIV, low-income households and people at risk of homelessness.
“Our aim is to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ+ people and allies from across the local area, and encourage visitors from further afield.
“Smaller-scale local Prides can bring greater visibility and acceptance in those communities. We are already reaching out to a diverse range of organisations, workshop leaders and performers to take part.”
Peter and Ste plan to have a wide range of events, including a variety of information stalls, a mental health workshop, film screenings, trans and non-binary-led cabaret, as well as music, drag and DJs.
Events will either be free or pay-what-you-can-afford tickets available for those who would otherwise be excluded from attending.
Deptford LGBTQ Pride is already receiving support from local organisations and businesses and is looking to broaden this to include more venues, businesses and charity groups.
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