Wellbeing Wednesday 1st June 2022

Jane Fowler – Head of Customer Support Services

Hello everyone and welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday. This week I’d like to introduce a new member of our Wellbeing Team, Catriona Johnson who has joined us from the NHS and is passionate about wellbeing!  I am sure that you will join me in extending a warm welcome to her and look forward to hearing more from her in future.

So here we are into June – how did that happen?! May didn’t quite live up to its normal sunny self, but at least the rhododendrons seem to have enjoyed the weather it, even if the tomato seedlings certainly did not!

This week where we’re sharing information about Pride Month 2022 and also the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As we have often talked about, our wellbeing is precious and how we see ourselves and how are treated by the world around us matters. Pride Month helps us to understand how important it is not to judge one another and not to discriminate against one another and gives people in the LGBT community an opportunity to celebrate being themselves.

And we couldn’t let this week go by without mentioning the Jubilee! So whether you are having a street party to celebrate or just doing your own thing away from any royal fiestas, it is worth acknowledging how incredibly resilient the Queen has been over her 70 year reign and recognising how a life dedicated to service to others has been lived.

See you next week. 

June 2022 Pride Month

What is LGBT Month?

LGBT Pride is a month-long global celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It is also used to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and advocate for equal rights.

The name for Pride Month was coined in 1970 by activist L. Craig Schoonmaker. He suggested it as an alternative to the proposed Gay Power, stating:

There’s very little chance for people in the world to have power. People did not have power then; even now, we only have some. But anyone can have pride in themselves, and that would make them happier as people, and produce the movement likely to produce change.

When is LGBT Pride Month Celebrated?

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June every year around the world. The timing commemorates the Stonewall Riots in New York, a series of protests that changed the face of gay rights in the United States and around the world.

Other important dates in the LGBTQ+ calendar include February, which is LGBT History Month, and Global Pride Day on the 27 June.

The History of LGBT Pride Month

The history of Pride dates back to 1969. At the time, homosexuality was illegal in the United States and only partially decriminalised in England and Wales. On the 28 June, during a raid on a gay bar in New York, over 200 people resisted arrest, leading to a three-day riot.

Celebrations began the next year, on the anniversary of the riots. The first ever Gay Pride march took place on 28 June that year, drawing a few thousand participants and covering 50 city blocks.

LGBT Pride Celebrations in the UK

In the UK, most LBGT Pride events take place in June, but they aren’t restricted to that month. The calendar of Pride events includes regional celebrations all around the UK, running from February until September. Some of the largest celebrations in Scotland include: 

Aberdeen Pride / Grampian Pride | 28th May 2022 | Facebook

Edinburgh Pride | 25th June 2022 | Facebook

Dundee Pride | Date TBC | Facebook

Glasgow Pride | 25th June 2022 | Facebook

Highland Pride | 11th June 2022 | Facebook

Oban Pride | 10th September 2022 | Facebook

Perthshire Pride | 13th August 2022 | Facebook

Why We Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

  • In 70 countries around the world, homosexuality is still a crime
  • LGBTQ+ people can face the death penalty in 11 countries
  • Same-sex marriage is only recognised in 29 countries
  • Worldwide, LGBTQ+ people face widespread discrimination, including violence, workplace discrimination, school bullying, and denial of essential services.

Other Significant dates:

5th June HIV Long-Term Survivor’s Awareness Day

Waverly care is Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C Charity. They offer support and advice about HIV, Hep C and sexual health. “Our work is focused on prevention, education, testing and support. Throughout Scotland we’re reducing new HIV and Hepatitis C infections, getting people diagnosed and supporting those affected in whatever ways they need. Through our work, we are also challenging HIV and Hepatitis C related stigma, tackling health inequalities and promoting good sexual health”.

www.wavehighland.com: Based in Inverness and covering Argyll and Bute, Wave Highland is all about getting young people thinking and talking about their sexual health and relationships.

www.s-x.scot: SX is based in Edinburgh and is there for all gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men, living in Scotland.

12th June Pulse Remembrance Day – Pulse Night of Remembrance is observed annually by members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the United States and abroad to honor the memory of 49 people who were killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.

28th June Stonewall Riots Anniversary 

For more information on LGBT see LGBT+ glossary of terms | Health Assured

The Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022



On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. 

See The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee | The Royal Family for information on national events over the bank holiday weekend.

The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.

Her Majesty continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, from visits to charities and schools, to hosting visiting Heads of State, to leading the nation in Remembrance and celebratory events – all supported by other members of the Royal Family. 

The Queen sees public and voluntary service as one of the most important elements of her work. The Queen has links – as Royal Patron or President – with over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations. These vary from well-established international charities to smaller bodies working in a specialist area or on a local basis only.

Her patronages and charities cover a wide range of issues, from opportunities for young people, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provides vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised. 

Plant a Tree for the Jubilee - The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, school and corporates are encouraged to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

The Queen’s Green Canopy aims to encourage everyone to learn more about the best way to plant trees so that they survive and flourish for years to come.

A special interactive map has been created to track the Jubilee tree plantings on the QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country.

Throughout Her reign, The Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world and has spoken alongside Sir David Attenborough of the importance of trees in the Earth’s future.

Please also let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you.

The Wellbeing Team:  wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk