18 Jun 2024

College celebrates Pride Month with ‘Loud and Proud’ party 

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Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) recently celebrated Pride Month with a series of activities organised by students and staff.

This year’s theme, chosen by the LGBT Club, was ‘Loud and Proud’.

The highlight of the celebrations was the annual Pride Party held on Wednesday, 12 June.

The event kicked off with a lively set by student DJ, Stan Clements, featuring Katy Perry’s anthem ‘Firework’.

The college’s LGBT lunchtime club led a march around the campus, which was followed by a powerful performance of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ by the College’s Performing Arts choir. 

Throughout the event, the Pride Party saw enthusiastic participation from learners across the College.

There were also a variety of stalls hosted by BSDC and local organisations, including Burton Albion Community Trust, Everyone Active, SARAC, Staffordshire Police, Kooth, Travel Derbyshire and sexual health services, among others. 

A parallel celebration took place at the College’s Stephen Burke Construction Academy, where students enjoyed music and engaged with stalls from external organisations, mirroring the inclusive atmosphere of the Town Centre campus event. 

Pride Month, celebrated globally each June, honours the contributions and influence of LGBTQ+ individuals around the world. It is a time for reflection, celebration and advocacy for equal rights. 

Marie Linehan, Progress Coach team leader at BSDC, said: “Our Pride Party has grown significantly since our first celebration last year.

“It has been incredibly inspiring for our young people to witness the overwhelming support from both internal departments and the local community.

“The participation from external organisations has made the event even louder and prouder than before. We look forward to continuing to grow this celebration, providing a safe, vibrant and inclusive environment that represents our local community.” 

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