There’s never been a more important time to celebrate the differences we have in our communities.
This month is Pride Month. As with other celebrations over previous weeks since lockdown, this will be marked differently this year, with Pride marches being postponed until next year and other activities taking place online.
In the current climate, an increasing number of people will turn to video messaging platforms for these online events. Over the month you may see our LGBT+ network engage with these events, being hosted by the local Pride organisers.
You can keep yourself safe online by following these steps:
• Ensure that your privacy settings for any personal social media accounts are set to the highest levels.
• As ever, be careful when accepting any friend requests.
• Don’t make meetings public. Instead, use a meeting password or use the waiting room feature to control the entry of guests, and make this as complicated as you can.
• Don’t share links to meetings on social media. Provide the link directly to those invited
• Manage screensharing options. Change screensharing to “host only”.
• Keep all software up to date.
One thing that hasn’t changed though is how seriously we will take reports of hate crime.
If you do happen to be the victim of a hate crime as you celebrate Pride Month, please report it to us using one of the following methods: