This year, Gravesham Pride is back. What’s more? ellenor will be back, too.
Last year, our ellenor team had a stall at Gravesham Pride – which they’ll be appearing at for a second time in 2023.
It’s exciting news, and a continuation of ellenor’s long-standing commitment to, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work with – the LGBTQ+ community. And, as someone who’s been working with the charity for five years now, it means a lot to me.
I’m Basia – and I write stories for ellenor.
I love shining a light on the amazing patients, and their family members, under ellenor’s care. As well as speaking to and spotlighting the remarkable personalities and roles of ellenor’s team. I’m passionate about the power of storytelling – the ability of words and narratives to have a real impact, and positively influence people’s lives.
But there’s something else I’m passionate about. Something that, every time Gravesham Pride or London Pride rolls around, I find myself desperate to talk about.
But something that should be talked about every day.
I’m talking, of course, about inclusivity; diversity; equality; acceptance; togetherness. A recognition of love in any and all of the forms it takes.
I identify as a heterosexual female. But for me, that makes it no less important that I speak about, write about – and attend events that celebrate – the LGBTQ+ community. Why?
It’s about giving people a safe space to be themselves. Their true selves. Their full, unadulterated selves. Without having to wear a mask forced upon them by society. Or temper their personalities to fit a mould they feel they have to.
Pride events – in all their vibrancy and vivid colour – make for invigorating, intoxicating atmospheres. But beyond the music, the dancing, the delicious food, Pride events are really about one thing. Providing a platform for people – a social group that’s historically been marginalised by society – to have a voice.
The world has, of course, come a long way in its recognition, and understanding, of diversity. But there’s still a heck of a way to go.
Which is why, for the LGBTQ+ community, Pride events – particularly local ones, like Dartford and Gravesham Pride – are so important.
They break down barriers. Shatter stigmas, and stereotypes, around people who identify as transgender, or gay, or bisexual, or lesbian. And encourage empathy – helping those who aren’t part of the LGBTQ+ community understand the lived experiences of those who are.
At this stage, you might be asking – ‘what do hospice care and Pride have to do with each other?’ – and it’s a fair question.
The answer? Quite simply, it’s… everything!
I’m often struck by the parallels between the push for diversity in a wider setting – the plight to recognise and include people from all cultures, religions, genders, and sexual identities – and hospice care.