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“Celebrating The LGBT Community” On ‘World Pride Day’ 🏳️‍🌈 28th June

"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity."

George Takei

"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another."

Elliot Page


Ask members to comment on the contribution of LGBT men and women to society?

Have they any family members or friends who are a part of the LGBT community?

Take a moment to think about types of discrimination and homophobia LGBT people have faced in the past?

What can we as Allies do to help stop this and improve the lives of LGBT people in this country and overseas?


1. What do the initials LGBT stand for?

2. What is the LGBT flag called?

FACTOID. Gilbert Baker designed the first Pride Flag in 1978. He based it on the rainbow because it was a natural thing of beauty. The colours mean:

- RED = Life

- ORANGE = Healing

- YELLOW = Sunlight

- GREEN = Nature

- BLUE = Serenity

- VIOLET = Spirit

3. Up until which year was it illegal to be gay (in the UK)?

4. What was the name given to the 1969 riots in 'The Castro' district of San Fransisco?

5. What was the number of the Section Margaret Thatcher's government introduced in 1988 to outlaw teaching about LGBT issues in schools (leading to damaging homophobic bullying and its consequences)?

6. What do LGBT people call it when they reveal their sexuality and gender identity to friends and family?

7. What year were ‘Same Sex Marriages’ made legal in (most parts) of the UK?

8. How many countries do you think have passed similar laws?

9. In how many countries is it still illegal to be gay?

10. In how many countries is the death penalty still used for committing the ‘crime’ of loving someone of the same sex?

This is why Pride Month continues to be so important. We have fought long and hard for our own rights. Now we need to fight for others to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that we (mostly) enjoy.


Complete these well known phrases by way of a group shout out (some of these phrases are outdated and discriminatory, but are sadly still used in common parlance) …


As gay as a GOOSE


Over the RAINBOW

On the Lavender BUS






Coming OUT



Butch DYKE

Nancy BOY

I could go on. The first list gets more and more obnoxious as you read down it.

To finish with some positives …

As proud a PEACOCK

With your head held HIGH

Don’t look BACK

Best foot FORWARD

Pride and JOY

Flying the FLAG

Out and PROUD

Discuss. How should we refer to LGBT family members and friends? (I prefer ‘Si’ from people who I like and respect ✊)

FACTOID. About the well known but outdated descriptor 'Friend Of Dorothy'

ROUND 2. My Top 10 LGBT Cultural Icons

There have always been gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans folk since time began. Think ...

Alexander the Great, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo

William Shakespeare, King James 1, Abraham Lincoln

The following, however, are my 'Top 10 LGBT Cultural Icons' of more recent times ...

11. Clue. Irish Playwright

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

12. Clue. He broke 'The Enigma Code'

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

13. Clue. American Equal Rights Activist

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

14. Clue. UK LGBT & Human Rights Campaigner

15. Clue. English Actor & Gay Rights Champion

16. Czech-American Former Tennis Player & Coach

17. Broadcaster, Journalist & Author

“I have learned not to take too much notice of those who disapprove of my lifestyle choices, because I know that I was not designed to be part of the crowd."

18. Clue. English Actor, Author, Broadcaster & Comedian

“I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.”

19. Clue. Irish Broadcaster, Author & Chat Show Host

"I always say I'd rather be miserable by myself than unhappy in a relationship."

20. Clue. TV Presenter & Former Drag Artiste

"If I wanted your opinion, I'd slap it outta ya."


See if you can identify these other LGBT icons

ROUND 3. My Top 10 LGBT Themed Movies

21. 'Cabaret', 1972

Where was this film set? (The name of the bar and the city)

22. 'The Naked Civil Servant', 1975

Who was this movie about?

Who in 1988 had a hit single about him, called 'An Englishman In New York'?

23. 'Victor Victoria', 1982

Name the two actors pictured here who played King Marchant and Victor/Victoria?

24. 'My Beautiful Laundrette', 1985

Name the actor on the left who went on to have an Oscar winning career?

25. 'Prick Up Your Ears', 1987

Which playwright was this movie about?

Complete the title of one of his works 'Entertaining Mr ......'?

26. 'Philadelphia', 1993

Identify the two actors in this movie poster?

27. 'Tales Of The City', 1993

Who is pictured here, starring as Anna Madrigal in Armistead Maupin's TV miniseries?

28. 'Brokeback Mountain', 2005

Name the two actors pictured here?

29. 'Philomena', 2013

What was the name of the journalist, played by Steve Coogan, who published Philomena's story?

30. 'A Very British Scandal', 2018

Which disgraced Liberal politician was this film about?


? Can members think of any other LGBT hit movies?

ROUND 4. My Top 20 Songs For 'Pride Month'

(Ask members to choose just a few of these to play)

(Some are singalongs. Some are 'GET UP AND DANCE!')

31. SONG. 'You'd Don't Have To Say You Love Me', Dusty Springfield -

Complete these other song titles:

'I Only Want To .. .... ...'

'I Just Don't Know What To Do .... ......'

'Son Of A ........ ...'

32. SONG. 'You Make Me Feel', Sylvester -

His nickname was what? 'The Queen Of .....'

33. SONG. 'Mandy', Barry Manilow -

True or False. He wrote this song about his pet dog 'Brandy'?

34. SONG. 'I Am What I Am', Gloria Gaynor -

Which Welsh singer had a later album with this title?

35. SONG. 'Your Song', Elton John -

What was the name of the 2019 hit biopic movie about his life story called?

36. SONG. 'Don't Stop Me Now', Queen -

What was the 2018 hit movie about their story called?

37. SONG. 'Life On Mars', David Bowie -

How old was he when he died in 2018?

38. SONG. 'I'm Coming Out', Diana Ross -

What was the name of her backing group?

39. SONG. 'Smalltown Boy', Bronski Beat -

Which member of this band is now a Church of England priest?

40. SONG. 'A Little Respect', Erasure -

The keyboard player previously teamed up with Alison Moyet to form which group?

41. SONG. 'West End Girls', Pet Shop Boys -

Complete these song titles:

'Love Comes .......'

'It's A ...'

'What Have I Done To ....... ....'

42. SONG. 'Flying Without Wings', Westlife -

Which member of the band came out as gay in 2005?

43. SONG. 'No Matter What', Boyzone -

Which of the band members, who was gay, sadly died suddenly in 2009?

44. SONG. 'Faith', George Michael -

What was the name of his fellow band member in the 80s group 'Wham'?

45. SONG. 'Proud', Heather Small -

What was the name of her group?

46. SONG. 'It's Raining Men', The Weather Girls -

Think of some different kinds of weather?

47. SONG. 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head', Kylie Minogue -

Which TV soap did Kylie star in, alongside Jason Donovan?

48. SONG. 'Vogue', Madonna -

Who did she star as in the 1996 movie 'Evita'?

49. SONG. 'YMCA', Village People -

What was their other top 10 UK hit single?

50. SONG. 'Relax', Frankie Goes To Hollywood' -

Which TV sitcom included a long running dispute about a 'Frankie Says Relax' T-shirt?


Create some Rainbow Art with your group. @creativemojo have some smashing 'Rainbow Pride' kits to make up, or you could go free style?

Or, like my friends at @Dawson_Lodge did, you could bake 'Rainbow Pride Cakes'.


1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transexual

2. The 'Rainbow' or 'Pride' Flag

3. 1967

4. 'Stonewall'

5. 'Section 28'

6. 'Coming Out'

7. 29th March 2014

8. To date, only 31 out of the 195 countries in the world have legalized same-sex marriage

9. 70

10. There are still 11 countries in the world where being gay is legally punishable by the death penalty - the list includes Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia & The United Arab Emirates. Uganda was added to the list just this year!

11. Oscar Wilde

12. Alan Turing

13. Harvey Milk

14. Peter Tatchell

15. Ian McKellen

16. Martina Navratilova

17. Clare Balding

18. Stephen Fry

19. Graham Norton

20. Paul O'Grady / Lily Savage

Liberace (He always denied his homosexuality)

Rock Hudson (Ditto)

Andy Warhol (pop artist)

Billy Jean King (tennis player)

Ellen De Generes (TV chat show host)

Jodie Foster (actor)

David Hockney (artist)

Russell T Davies ('Dr Who')

George Takei ('Star Trek')

21. 'Kit Kat Club' in Berlin

22. Quentin Crisp / Sting

23. James Garner & Julie Andrews

24. Daniel Day Lewis

25. Joe Orton /'Entertaining Mr SLOANE'

26. Tom Hanks & Denzel Washington

27. Olympia Dukakis

28. Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal

29. Martin Sixsmith

30. Jeremy Thorpe

31. 'I Only Want To BE WITH YOU'

'I Just Don't Know What To Do WITH MYSELF'


32. 'The Queen Of DISCO'

33. True

34. Shirley Bassey

35. 'Rocket Man'

36. 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

37. 69

38. 'The Supremes'

39. Rev Richard Coles

40. 'Yazoo'

41. 'Love Comes QUICKLY'

'It's A SIN'

'What Have I Done To DESERVE THIS'

42. Mark Feehily

43. Stephen Gates

44. Andrew Ridgely

45. 'M People'

46. Drizzle, Mist, Snow, Gales, Hail, Thunder & Lightning, Fog etc

47. 'Neighbours'

48. Eva Peron

49. 'In The Navy'

50. 'Friends' (Rachel & Ross)

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