We've been working with Scouts in Australia to share with them our experience of attending Pride in London. We've shared with them via a Skype Conference Call some of our learnings from the six years we have been attending, as well as telling them about some of things we missed when we first started attending. We will maintain contact with the LGBT working group in Victoria, to share with them our experience as a Scout Active Support Unit, and also let them know some of the challenges we have faced over the years. This relationship is being managed by Mike.
21st May - I wanted to share with you some exciting news from our friends in Victoria, Australia. Following several conversations their state council have now agreed they can set up a network like flags, and have taken the first step forwards to promoting LGBT equality in scouting. Check out their poster and read what Scott had to say to us last week.
"Our Victorian State Leadership Team have endorsed a poster to be created to show that Scouts Victoria endorses supporting IDAHOT this Sunday AND we form the Rainbow Scouts Network for GLBTI youth/leaders and their supporters. It's a massive step forward and the final green light to move forward.
...and because Victoria and New South Wales are the biggest states and almost always lead by example and initiative, we could well influence Scouts Australia following our lead" - Scotty Harrison.
We meet the Rainbow Scouts of Austria at the Overture Diversity Network in April 2015. They are a great example of how LGBT young people can be supported in Scouting. They have done loads of work similar to FLAGS as well as taking their work a step forwards and securing public funding to produce an LGBT Toolkit for every scout group in Austria. We will be working with them to help translate the toolkit into English so that it can be shared with more associations around the world. We will also be working with them to help us understand how we could support LGBT members in Scouting. This relationship is being managed by Mike.
Check out their YouTube Video Here.
Overture Diversity Network
In April 2015 we attended the Overture Diversity Network to share our experience of supporting LGBT adults in Scouting, as well as attending pride events across the UK. The event was a chance to build networks across Europe as well as learning from other associations. We will continue to be members of this network to help promote diversity within associations across Europe. As a group they have created a website with diversity resources from associations across Europe. This database will grow in size as more associations add their resources. We will also be sharing our resources with the associations.
WOSM LGBT Round Table
In June 2015, Mike and Sharn will be attending a round table with other organisations in WOSM to discuss the inclusion of LGBT volunteers throughout organisations. The workshop will look at some of the barriers and challenges of including LGBT volunteers at all levels of scouting organisations around Europe. We'll provide you with more details following the workshops and let you know some of the outcomes.