PRiDE OUT is the largest inclusive cycling network in the UK for LGBTQ+ people and allies. Since May 2019, we have been building the group through promotion, asking favours and building strong relationships with allies plus people and organisations who share our values. We've been delighted with the response so far and there has been real willingness and excitement in wishing to help us spread the word and help make cycling more inclusive for everyone. This has included building a very positive relationship with British Cycling who are the national governing body for cycling in the UK.
On 15 August 2020, British Cycling will be filming a diverse group of people from PRiDE OUT to help ensure that voices from minority demographics can be heard. We believe this is an important step in making cycling truly open to all and a celebration of diversity in sport, including LGBT + people. To tie in with Manchester Pride which unfortunately had be cancelled in it's usual mass-gathering format, we also invited a member of their senior team to get involved to talk on camera. PRiDE OUT was due to make it's debut appearance in the Manchester Pride Parade, but unfortunately it has been been affected by COVID19. We think this is a great opportunity to learn more about Manchester Pride's goals and achievements in supporting LGBTQ+ sports and social groups throughout Greater Manchester.
LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be lonely, be depressed or use drink and drugs, so it's vital that people and organisations come together to encourage more people within the LGBTQ+ community to get on their bikes or become more active in other exercise activities. The short film will be shared on social media later in August and we can't wait to share it with you.