Drag Bingo Night

Sheppey Pride Blog November 13, 18
Happy Monday everyone! Wow! We had such a laugh at our drag queen bingo and cabaret with the stunning Krystal Ball last Friday. We are so grateful to Krystal for giving up her time to return to the Island she knows well and supporting us going forward with Pride. Thanks also to Tina, Eastchurch Holiday Centre and the club house staff for hosting us and for every gorgeous person who turned up, played bingo and brought raffle tickets. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We cannot wait for Krystal to return. Watch this space!

Meanwhile back in Swale, let us tell you about Porchlight’s new initiative to support young local LGBT+ people. The BE YOU project was launched earlier in the year to offer support, a safe space and somewhere welcoming to get together with likeminded young people and specialist volunteers. I know they are looking for new and dedicated volunteers and there are plenty of ways to get involved as well as using the service yourself. Click on the link to find out more.
Don’t forget, drop us an email, pride@sheppeypride.org if there is anything you might want us to include in the blog or advertise on our website. This could be LGBT+ related or relevant to our community in any way.
See you next week x

Hello to everyone on this Remembrance weekend! We at Sheppey Pride are motoring things forward for the main event next year. A very productive week saw many of the less glamorous but vital things ticked off our “to do” lists, which are as long as your arm! It always feels good when you are achieving the small things that make the big things happen. A big thank you to The Old House at Home, Queenborough for hosting us and providing delicious food. We are very much hoping to see as many of you as possible at our Drag Queen Bingo Night. It will be a load of fun and you can win cash prizes too. Caller and host is the fabulous Krystal Ball. The event is Friday 23rd November from 7pm, at Eastchurch holiday centre, Fourth Avenue. November 12 – 19, is Transgender Awareness Week, raising the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and addressing the issues the community faces. Also, after Transgender Awareness Week is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender women particularly are subjected to violence and harassment all over the world. Just to step out of their front doors can be dangerous.
Transgender Awareness Week is a time for allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face. Be an ally, speak up!, speak out and stand up in solidarity. For more information, visit https://ww

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I’m going to start with a huge and heartfelt thanks from all of us at Sheppey Pride to all of YOU who supported the Quiz night last Friday. From the Quiz goers to those who donated raffle prizes. From our gorgeous bears up for auction to Harmony Therapy Trust’s Dawn and Lyn who came along to help us unveil our banner and wish us well. For all the extra donations and those who sent good wishes, Sheppey FM who promoted us and Sheerness Co-Operative sports and social club who hosted us, THANK YOU .
The evening was a fabulous success, glitter galore! And we can’t wait for our next fundraiser, all to be revealed soon!

October 20 years ago, Gay student Matthew Shepard became a symbol of hatred and intolerance when he was beaten and left on a fence in the Wyoming desert to die.
He was finally laid to rest 20 years later when his ashes were interred at the National Cathedral in Washington on Friday. “It’s so important that we now have a home for Matt,” his Dad, Dennis said at the start of the service. “A home that others can visit, a home that is safe from haters, a home that he loved dearly from his younger days in Sunday school and as an acolyte in the church back home.”
The service was conducted by the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
Matthew Shepard’s murder helped kick start the civil rights movement for LGBT people. His Mum felt that the Cathedral was the only place his remains would be kept safe and free from vandalism.
Thinking about Matt, that beautiful boy who had his life brutally ended, and his loving parents who have fought for 20 years to get such hate crimes recognised and prosecuted.
RIP Matthew. https://www.matthewshepard.org to reply or comment click here

Hi there, and welcome to the first ever blog of Sheppey Pride 2019!

It’s a way of keeping all our lovely supporters and followers up to date with news, views and events. Our committee meetings are always busy with lots on the agenda. This week we concentrated on the Quiz Night, being held at the Sheerness Co-operative Sports and Social club this coming Saturday night (27th Oct) 7pm. Please just send us a message via Facebook or the website if you would like to reserve a table. All are very welcome, there is disabled access and children can come along too.

We have so much to organise for next year, the amount of work is crazy but we are determined to put on a great Pride weekend and we aim to become the Sheppey event of the year.

This time 34 years ago, Bronski Beat released the album “The Age of Consent” The track “Small Town Boy” became an anthem of the time for gay youth and their fight to be accepted as equal, and enshrine those equal rights in law.

The video for the track was ground breaking, showing scenes of parental rejection and “queer bashing”. These were things that I had no clue about as an 18-year-old heterosexual white female, it shocked me and I wanted to find out more. I remember listening to my Sony Walkman, waiting at Sittingbourne station for the Sheerness shunter listening to that cassette over and over. And as the producer of the album, Mike Thorne said, “We’ve all been alone on the platform at some time”

Jimmy Somerville recently said of the album “My purpose was truth, my emotions, my desires, my hopes, my sexuality, my life. I was fearless and driven by the everyday politics of discrimination. I didn’t set out to be a ‘pop star’. I set out to be a troublemaker.”

Pride is about celebrating what we have, how far we have come and pushing forward with what we have still to achieve. This is why we want to push Sheppey pride forward, and we hope that the local community will push forward with us and embrace it.

More next week, bye!

Teresa Turpin