Come and celebrate Silver Pride this weekend and help to tackle loneliness and isolation within the older LGBTQI community

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

The UK’s first ever Silver Pride is set to take place this weekend, celebrating older people in the LGBTQI community and helping to tackle issues of loneliness and isolation – with the likes of Miriam Margolyes set to make special guest appearances. 

The online event will take place Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July and is packed with masterclasses, quizzes, DJ sets, discussions and even a cocktail hour! 

Money raised will help the event organiser Friends of Dorothy – a social enterprise with groups in Leeds and Manchester – and will champion social inclusion that will ensure elderly LGBTQI individuals are socially connected and recognised for their contributions to culture and society. 

It’s a free event, but please donate generously throughout the event to help this wonderful charity if you can. 

Organiser and Friends of Dorothy founder, Craig Burton, said: “Older LGBT+ people are twice as likely to be living alone, and six times more likely to suffer from mental health issues, often related to loneliness and isolation. We strongly believe inter-generational friendships and events like Silver Pride are vital to help tackle these problems.

“Lockdown has exacerbated the issues of isolation and loneliness, but we’re determined to make sure the older generations have a reason to celebrate and socialise online.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever Pride march in the USA, and it’s important we remember the sacrifices the older LGBT+ community made for us. They took to the streets to campaign and fight for our rights and paved the way to enjoy life as we do today. Hosting an online celebration for them is the least we can do.”

Tickets are available from silverpride.org.uk

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