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There’s a thing called Clarks Village, for (it says) Somerset Outlet Shopping. Lots of stuff to buy, for up to 60% off! Whoopee! Also have you heard about our lord and savior the things you can do to support the LGBTQIA+ community? HAVE you?

You may think you’re there to find bargains but nope nope nope you’re there to support the LGBTQIAZXNRMWD%%%% communinny. Get supporting or get your ass outa here.

Wait there’s more. It has a Pride Tree! And a whole long list of things you can do!

This year, the fabulous Bristol Pride Day takes place on Saturday 13th July on The Downs. A Pride event with the community at its heart, international headliners, and all without the high ticket price, Bristol Pride is determined to keep Pride accessible for everyone that wants to celebrate diversity, champion inclusivity, and protest prejudice. This year, The Human League is headlining the main stage, along with tons of other fantastic acts.

There are various ways to support Bristol Pride, including buying a Pride Supporter Wristband, which gets you free bus travel and other benefits on the day, and by online donations. Buy your supporter wristband and see how else you can help by visiting the website.

Surely, you think, I’ve messed up and found the wrong page somehow. Nope: this is an outlet store that moonlights as the Somerset edition of Pink News.

It has tips. Tips on what? Silly question. How to be a better ally, of course.

  1. Call out homophobic and transphobic behaviour when you see it, if it is safe to do so. For example, correct your friends or family if they’re using outdated terms or inform a member of staff if you hear abusive language on public transport.
  2. Use inclusive language to help everyone feel united. For example, address a group of people with “Hi everybody” instead of “Hi ladies and gentlemen”. It’s a subtle change in phrasing that makes a big difference.
  3. Normalise the use of pronouns, such as ‘he/him’, ‘she/her’ and ‘they/them’. Adding pronouns to your email signature or social media profile helps to create a more welcoming environment for transgender and non-binary people.

The “use of pronouns” has been normalised as long as the language has existed. We all use he and him, she and her, they and them, every single day, because they come up in ordinary conversation. How much more normal do you want “you” and “we” to get?

  1. Expand your knowledge! There are plenty of educational resources online. To start, you could look up a glossary of common LGBTQIA+ terms to ensure you’re speaking to those around you in the most respectful way. We also recommend reading about the incredible history of LGBTQIA+ activism and the struggles the community has faced, to understand why Pride month is so important.
  2. Show up in person. Find out about events, marches and volunteering opportunities to support your local Pride organisations. Taking part in our Tree of Pride is a great start!
  3. Don’t make assumptions. Lazy and incorrect assumptions are damaging to the LGBTQIA+ community. For example, guessing somebody’s sexual preferences, assuming a gay man has certain interests or assuming someone identifies as a woman due to the way they’re dressed can be very offensive and upsetting. Your intentions may be positive, but the outcome might not be.

Oops time’s up! The outlet’s closing. Sorry you didn’t have time to shop. See you next year!

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