Pride Month has been an incredibly exciting period for us at the MCF, as we opened up the conversation about issues that members of the LGBTQIA+ community face, and celebrated their achievements. We have spoken with people we’ve supported, hosted activities for staff in our office, and most recently took part in the UK’s largest queer celebration at Pride in London.
On 1 July, over a million people paraded to recognise and celebrate the rights of people from the LGBTQIA+ community. This year’s parade not only marked 51 years since the inaugural march in the capital but also saw a historic moment with the Freemasonry, represented by UGLE and MCF, proudly joining in for the very first time. We were accompanied by dedicated staff from UGLE and RMBI Care Co., as well as Freemasons, their families and friends, and allies. The event was filled with warmth and acceptance as we celebrated our commitment to inclusivity and working together to build a better future.
Throughout the month of June, our staff engaged in a series of activities centred around the theme of pride. Led by our colleagues, Ames and Caitlin, we extended an open invitation for everyone to share inspiring stories of queer icons who have made an impact on their lives. These testimonials were showcased on our office screens, providing captivating reads within our workspace. On 27 June, Ames and Caitlin also hosted an interactive workshop which covered important topics related to LGBTQIA+ communities, and educated staff on how to be better allies.
The work we have done to support people from the queer community
Freemason Paul, who is registered blind, had been on a waiting list for a new guide dog. Unfortunately, his application was rejected by the local authority due to the lack of secure fencing in his garden. Realising the growing challenges he faced without a guide dog, Paul, together with his supportive partner, reached out to us for help. With the support of an MCF Visiting Volunteer, they successfully completed the application, and shortly after received a grant to install a new fence.