Your Monthly News & Updates
This is a special edition of FLAGS+ which
start with some very exciting and hot off the press blog news and also covers
the June update from your management team and it is the first Pride Special
covering the Pride Season so far. We are
also including our Supporters in this Pride Special FLAGS+ and invite any of
those supporters who wish to join the unit to check out the "How to
Join" section below.
Chief Commissioner's Blog - Pride 2016
We interrupt your very wet afternoon with
this Breaking News article.
Wayne reflects on the advances Scouting has
made during his time as UK Chief Commissioner, in terms of inclusivity and
Check it out!
Chief Commissioner's Blog
FLAGS Unit - We're with you Orlando
The FLAGS unit like others round the world
are horrified by the tragic events in Orlando on 12th June.
The unit and its members have been posting
message of support on Facebook and elsewhere and members of the unit have
attended vigils at events in London, Birmingham and around the UK.
2016 Unit T-Shirts - EXCLUSIVE TO MEMBERS
We have 4 exciting variations for Unit
T-Shirts which will very soon be going on sale through a link on Constant
Contact (not via our website) which are exclusive to Members of the unit.
The t-shirt will be in navy and there will
be either a subtle silver logo'd Unit T-Shirt or for the more outgoing of you
there will be a Rainbow logo version.
Both of these versions can have the slogan "We put the Camp into
Camping" on the back in silver. All
4 versions including prices will be in the separate communication which will be
sent out shortly. We will be placing a
single order with all requests being fulfilled at once. We will then restart the ordering process and
put another date in for orders later on.
The proposal is that we will offer a
shipped t-shirt which will be sent out as soon as we have them (for a P&P
charge) and a non-shipped option which will be brought to Gilwell Reunion for
collection at the event.
The current order will need to be placed by
17th July 2016 so when you see the email get ordering.
Pride Blog 1 - 'Going to Pride Made Me Confident to be
FLAGS members featured in the Pride Blog on
the main Scouting website talking about why Pride is important to them.
Going to Pride made me confident to be myself
Pride Blog 2 - 'Leaders give LGBTQ+ young people the
chance to celebrate their differences'
Lewis Addlington-Lee talks about how his
life has been shaped through the support he has been given as a youth member of
'It's only in recent years that we've
talked openly about LGBTQ+ pride, but that the understanding and acceptance was
already there,' Lewis says. 'It's just part of being a Scout.'
Read the rest of his blog here:
Leaders give LGBTQ+ young people the chance to celebrate their differences
We have already attended Student Pride,
Birmingham Pride, Oxford Pride and Blackpool Pride.
Coming up we have the following Pride
Portsmouth Pride - 18th June
Coventry Pride - 18th June
Pride in London - 25th June
Hull Pride - 16th July
Brighton Pride - 6th August
Pride Cymru (Cardiff Pride) - 13th August
Manchester Pride 27th August
For more information contact the FLAGS
Pride Coordinator - Russell Grove - email@example.com
Tim Kidd to Receive OBE
Deputy UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd has
been named in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list, and will receive an OBE
for his services to young people in the Scout Movement.
Tim Kidd OBE
How to Join
Not a member of FLAGS? Want to join?
We take part in Scouting events across the
UK, support LGBT Adults in Scouting and provide a network and community for our
members. We run a variety of Scouting
and social events and take part in Pride events across the country.
The annual Unit Membership subscription is
currently £10 per year and is payable on joining and then annually by the 30th
April each year. Payment is made via
Paypal using your debit or credit card.
You DO NOT need to be LGBT to join and LGBT
Allies are more than welcome
You DO NOT need to already be a member of
The Scout Association or Scouting in any other capacity and you can to join
FLAGS only if you wish
You DO NOT need permission from your local
area in Scouting to join FLAGS
Joining is simple:
You need to be a UK resident and over the
age of 18
You will need to complete an Adult
Information Form including two references and send this back to us
You need to complete the disclosure checks
and pay your £10 membership fee
If you want further information or joining
forms then please email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new management team will be meeting at
Pride in London to come up with the strategy to take the unit forward. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions then
please email them to email@example.com.
There will be a round-up of news and Pride
photos in coming months updates as soon as we can collate them. If anyone has any fabulous pictures of Pride
to share then email them into us so we can use them on our website and in our
See you all soon,
Rob and Vic