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Despite all the difficulties over the last year and a half, Oban Pride have been able to grow as an organisation. We have developed our new Friends of Dorothy groups, started our own Radio show ‘Oban Pride on the Waves’ and we are delighted to have an amazing programme for Pride month.
Pride Month is celebrated every year in June and is a chance for the LGBTQ+ community and it’s allies to come together to celebrate, remember and protest.
During Pride Month, Oban Pride has teamed up with The Happy Wee Health Club to bring Rainbow Aerobics to Oban, giving people the chance to come together exercise and a have natter.
We have also teamed up with Dunoon and Bute Prides to bring you a fabulous virtual event on Saturday June 19, and are working with Oban Phoenix Cinema. We have a few different screenings planned in the coming months, including Ahead of the Curve, Paris is Burning and Out of Time. More details for these will be available soon.
We are honoured to have a special Q&A event on Friday June 18 with Philip Baldwin. This event will be held on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and we are so excited about it.
Philip Baldwin is a human rights/LGBTQ+ activist, magazine columnist and radio host. Areas which particularly interest him include sexual health, asylum, homelessness, bullying in schools and faith inclusion.
Philip wrote for HuffPost from 2014-2019 and has written for Gay Times since 2016. He co-hosts a quarterly radio show with Soho Radio.
Philip gave keynote speeches at Prague Pride in 2018 on the topic of being gay and Christian, as well as London Pride in 2019, where he spoke about the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York and their global significance for the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Philip was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, when he was 24 years old, and took him about three years to come to terms with. It was not until the end of 2012 that he had the confidence to tell his employer or his parents that he was living with HIV – sometimes it can be hardest to tell the people you love the most!
Philip is a trustee of the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations globally to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender. Around 2013, Philip began to explore faith and was fortunate to find inclusive churches – he is very aware that many LGBTQ+ people have not been so lucky, some being rejected by their faith communities and families on account of their sexuality or gender identity.
In 2015, Philip was confirmed at Southwark Cathedral. For Philip, his faith is a source of strength to push forwards with his campaigning.
Philip is also a Stonewall School Role Model, where he visits schools to discuss his own coming out experiences and faith.
Three of his most high profile campaigns from 2019, include him fronting the World Hepatitis Alliance’s July World Hepatitis Day campaign; he spoke out about mental health (and how this intersects with HIV) for the charity Mind; and was asked by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group to be one of 28 influencers to raise awareness around the need for a 28-day detention limit (he narrated the words of a gay and HIV positive asylum claimant who is being held in detention).
People can send their Questions to us ahead of the Q&A with Philip to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can tune in on Friday June 18 from 7pm on our Facebook and Twitter pages where you can send us your questions direct during the event.
he Oban Pride committee have more plans for later in the year which will be unveiled as dates are confirmed.