Guernsey's Liberate hosts The Great ‘Camp Out’ Weekender

The Great Camp Out took place in the grounds of the Peninsula Hotel. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Liberate in Guernsey is hosting a weekend-long event to celebrate the island's LGBTQ+ community.

The weekend schedule is filled with activities, including yoga sessions, zumba, campfires, live music performances and camping.

The Great ‘Camp Out’ Weekender coincides with the end of International Pride Month and the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are seen as a watershed moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

The weekend kicked off with live music performances on Friday evening. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey is now in phase five of lockdown exit and The Great ‘Camp Out’ Weekender marks the start of new freedoms for the LGBTQ+ community in the island.

Liberate says that for some younger members of the community, lockdown has been "difficult".

Being in an environment that’s maybe not quite as accepting as you’d think can be really difficult and constraining for people, and really stressful. Three months living in an environment where you can’t be yourself. We’ve put on the event to bring the community back together. For everyone to have a big party and support each other.

Ellie Jones, CEO Liberate
Credit: ITV Channel TV

The charity Liberate will be announcing the plans for Channel Islands Pride in September. Along with encouraging people to sign up for their big fundraiser ‘Mission 71’ which aims to raise awareness around the 71 countries where LGBTQ+ people are still criminalised.