Hello and welcome to the December edition of the Abergavenny Pride blog. This will be the last issue for 2023, and we will begin to look at 2024 very soon!!
December 01st is also known as World Aids day. World AIDS Day exists to shine a light on the real experiences of people living with HIV today, while celebrating the strength, resilience and diversity of the communities most affected. It is a moment to inspire the leadership needed to create a future where HIV doesn’t stand in the way of anyone’s life. The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV. It was first devised in 1991, when twelve artists met to discuss a new project for Visual AIDS, a New York HIV-awareness arts organisation.
It was there that they came up with what would become one of the most recognised symbols of the decade: the red ribbon, worn to signify awareness and support for people living with HIV. The artists wanted to create a visual expression of compassion for people living with HIV and chose red for its boldness, and for its symbolic associations with passion, the heart and love.
10th December 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most ground-breaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. A year-long initiative focusing on universality, progress and engagement, will culminate in a high-level event in December 2023, which will announce global pledges and ideas for a vision for the future of human rights – https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day
The 24th May marks Pansexual and Panromantic awareness and visibility day. These are two terms that not everyone might be conscious of so an awareness and visibility day such as this is really important. So, what do these two terms mean?
Pansexual people – people who are attracted to others regardless of their gender identity or biological sex.
Panromantic people – people who are romantically (not necessarily sexually) attracted to others regardless of their gender identity or biological sex.
It’s important to remember that being a pansexual or a pan romantic person doesn’t define all of a person. It’s just one aspect of them. But it’s an important part to understand and respect. Difference and diversity is what makes the world a fascinating place to be a part of!
Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for some it can be a very difficult time. As queer people we are often no longer in touch with family members, have a difficult relationship with family members or don’t feel safe in their hometowns, you may not be able to be yourself, you may be forced to bond with family members that may be abusive, conversations could lead to interrogations and many other things.
For safety and mutual understanding, queer people will usually move to larger cities and towns where there is a large queer presence. We often form alternative families, which can result in deeper connections, but temporarily removing yourself from these safety nets over Christmas can be extremely lonely, whilst they return home.
For Trans and Non-Binary persons, Christmas can be a particularly tough time. They will often be misgendered, called their birth names by extended family and town folk, which ultimately strips away their identity that they have built and lived away from home. Well meaning presents can be difficult to receive, especially if it doesn’t match your gender identity.
The LGBT foundation has set up a Christmas Survival Guide with many hints and tips and links to services that you may find useful – LGBT Foundation – LGBT Christmas Survival Guide.
We would also like to share some other charities and support services that you may find useful not just over the Christmas period but all year round.
Switchboard 0800 0119 100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Cymru 0800 0495 495
LGBT Cymru 0800 917 9996 email@example.com
LGBT Foundation 0345 330 3030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Galop 0800 999 5428 email@example.com
Childline 0800 1111
And many others nationally and regionally can be found here – Pride Month: LGBTQ+ helplines and resource list – Unite UK (uniteuk1.com)
How ever you are spending this month, everyone here at Abergavenny Pride would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!