A group of Girlguiding members from North West England showed their pride as they marched for LGBTQ+ rights in Liverpool.
The girls and young women took part in Liverpool Pride on Saturday 28 July 2019 along with hundreds of organisations, charities, performers and members of the public to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights at the colourful event.
Girlguiding North West England members have been visible at Pride celebrations across the North West for over five years, including local Pride events in Crewe, Lancaster and Bury, as well as Manchester Pride. The vibrant energy was no different in Liverpool.
Members were thrilled to be the first to wave the brand-new banners and placards while wearing their distinct Girlguiding Pride T-Shirts, as part of Girlguiding North West England’s new Pride designs for this year.
Girl and adult members alike took to the streets of Liverpool and sang their hearts out to girl power anthems while showing that they’re proud to part of a space that welcomes and celebrates all girls.
Enthusiastic members engaged members of the public with fun activities and enjoyed chatting to visitors, at the Girlguiding North West England stall within the Liverpool Pride Community Expo.
Isabel Hatherell,17, said: “It was my first time at Liverpool Pride, and I couldn’t be prouder to represent the charity and have a blast while doing so. Girlguiding is a positive space and it’s our responsibility to loudly and proudly support LGBTQ+ girls. Pride is a great way to make people feel part of something, and to make the LGBTQ+ community feel strong and unified.”
Region Chief Commissioner, Julie Walton, said: “It’s great to take to the streets of Liverpool to celebrate equality and acceptance, and to shout out about Girlguiding North West England – a space where all girls are welcome. Pride events always go down extremely well, and this year was no different. Our members thoroughly enjoyed their attendance, despite the rain, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s Liverpool Pride event. Girlguiding North West England ponchos at the ready!”
Girlguiding North West England’s attendance at Pride highlights that members and supporters of the charity are welcomed irrespective of their faith, race, culture, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Pride events also offer the opportunity to celebrate the brilliant contributions of all Girlguiding North West England LGBTQ+ members, and to reach out to volunteers who may not have considered guiding before.
A huge thanks to the lead volunteer team and everyone who helped make our attendance a great success yet again. Head to our Facebook page to check out photos of us having a blast at Liverpool Pride 2019.