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I’m Jessica St Rose from 758 Pride, St Lucia.
Tell us about your Pride organisation and activities
Okay, Pride in St. Lucia started off in 2019, and it was an idea brought about by my colleague Kenita Placide after going to several workshops and conferences around the world and I came across how Pride … and my experience with Pride, and when Barbados started its Pride, I felt “Wow! Barbados started its Pride; Jamaica had its Pride... I felt it was time for St Lucia to be included and have St Lucia’s Pride.
So, this is how I started it, and I called a couple of people up and we decided to form a team and brought about the 758 Pride committee, and we hosted our very first Pride in August 27. This is the last weekend... So, Pride St Lucia takes place every year August, on the last weekend in August.
Tell us one unique thing about your Pride celebrations
I think one unique thing about St Lucia Pride is probably what has become the most sought-after event at St Lucia Pride, and that is the drag show. And this is always a sold-out event and I notice is something that everybody looks forward to.
The first time we had it was absolutely a sold-out event and I know that this year we need to probably get a bigger venue because persons already asking about it; and the community itself... we are actually having more persons wanting to take part in that drag event. So this, for me, is probably one of the unique things about St Lucia Pride.
What are the plans for Pride 2022?
I think for Pride 2022 it's all about the excitement because over the past two years, due to the pandemic, we went virtual in 2020 after we started off in 2019, we went virtual in 2020 when the pandemic started.
2021, unfortunately we were not able to have it: I felt as a committee we did not really want to go back to virtual, because it lost its sense of togetherness, the sense of community, and persons wanted that feeling of togetherness - and of course apart from that the sense of not being in a space, we were on lockdown. So, for the entire summer the country was on lockdown and unfortunately, we were not able to have any events.
So, this year I think persons are really excited and looking forward to seeing what we're coming up with and the excitement, the drive from the community, from members, from the team... we can expect a lot of excitement and joy.
And apart from that, the activities are we are going to bring about, of course is not only about the party aspect of it, but the educational aspect as well, because we want to highlight the issues that are faced by community members in St Lucia and bring across these issues, so that the public can be aware.
Because awareness is important and as a Pride organisation, we want to instil the awareness, the public education as it relates to issues that affect the LGBT community. So, we’re going to have panel discussions, we’re going to have symposiums...
Of course unfortunately, we’re not quite ready to have a parade but we want to have sort of like a health fair where we can have a little bit of celebration where we can include the music, we can include performance, we can include a health aspect of it, where we bring on other organisations like the Diabetes Association, the Cancer association, and the youth association to come about and highlight the different services that they offer to the public.
And of course, the party aspect, the boat rides, the fundraising, and the most anticipated event: the drag show!
Where can the ILGA World family find you on social media?
758 Pride can be found on all social media platforms at 758 Pride and also on Gmail: we have our email address, [email protected].
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