Students fly the flag for Pride

15th February 2019 10:42am - Return to press releases

Students fly the flag for Pride

East Riding College travel and tourism students organised ‘Pride Fest’ as part of Diversity Month at the College this week.

 Level 3 Travel and Tourism students put in the hours to organise the event as part of their enterprise project on the course to raise money for Pride in Hull.

 The event was well attended by students and included stalls provided by Humberside Police, The Warren Project, The Hull Roundheads RUFC, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Youth and Family Support Service (Lollipop Group), Victim Support and the CASA Suite, Shout Group and Pride in Hull.   

 Tom Annakin, aged 27 from Bridlington who organised the event alongside course mates Millie Mason, Ellie Kent and Reece Longley said, “I’m 27 now and openly gay, but when I was 16 I was at the beginning of a massive learning curve about who I was.  When you’re 16,17,18 it’s a key time for people to develop and find out who they are.  We need to nurture that and doing events like this make it clear that college is a safe space, an environment that will be welcoming and where they won’t face discrimination.  It’s also a good opportunity for those that don’t class themselves as LGBTQ+ to join in the fun and learn more about why Pride is important.”

 A rainbow-themed cake stall sold treats donated by Morrisons in Beverley and rainbow cupcakes made by the catering students at the College, raising £122 for Pride in Hull.  Students also got the opportunity to celebrate with a dress up disco photo booth and could even find out about travel packages for Pride events abroad.