Pink Box 2017 a roaring success for The Proud Trust as Afternoon TEA take home the gold
Manchester-based LGBT organisation The Proud Trust held their 10th annual Pink Box art competition in Stockport in May to mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), playing host to over fifteen youth groups across the North-West.
The competition involved each group coming up with a campaign or project supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community and making submissions in a variety of formats. The theme was decided to coincide with 50 years since ‘decriminalisation of homosexuality’, which was the inspiration for LGBT History Month’s theme for 2017 of PSHE, Citizenship and the Law. Sixteen entries exhibited and presented their take on LGBT Campaigning in 2017.
The winning group on the day was Afternoon TEA, a Greater Manchester trans youth group, for their interactive equality bus proving quite a hit with the event attendees. Second prize went to GYRO, Liverpool’s LGBT youth group for their badges, 10-point manifesto and original song “Teach the Teachers”. Third prize went to GLYSS, Warrington’s LGBT youth group, for their teachers pack – including information about LGBT inclusion – plus relationship and sexual health information.
Myrtle Finley, youth worker from The Proud Trust and organiser of the event this year was thrilled with how the day went and with how much each group achieved on the day.
“’After the Wednesdays (Stockport LGBT Youth group) won the competition in 2016 we were very excited to host this year and invite other groups into the borough. Some groups travelling as far away as Liverpool and Blackburn to participate in the event.
“We had 16 different groups exhibit their campaigns highlighting wide ranging issues and inequalities still affecting the lives of LGBT people locally and around the world. The young people’s ideas, energy and creativity was inspiring!”
Alongside the Pink Box awards ceremony were the Being Proud Awards, an opportunity to recognise and commend allies, youth workers and young people who have done outstanding things for the LGBTQ+ community this year.
Claire Gwyer, Public Health Adviser – Children & Young People in the Public Health Department at Stockport Council, presented the winners of the Being Proud Awards with their certificates, as well as representatives from Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth (SAVY), and PLUS the adult LGBT organisation for Stcokport.
The winner of Young Person to be Proud of was Chris Fielding. The winner of Youth Worker to be Proud of was Alex Baguley. The winner of Youth Group to be Proud of was the SHOUT group from Hull. The winner of Friend, Family or Support to be Proud of was Curtis Greenwood.
“A massive thank you to SAVY who hosted and supported the event. As a result they have now moved to having gender neutral toilets and are displaying part of the Stockport entry at Woodbank Youth Centre,” said Myrtle Finley.