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in partnership with

Developed by Curious Arts in partnership with Northern Pride. 


Developed to build confidence in creating safe, inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQIA+ people, Curious Arts and Northern Pride’s Proud Allies Training is an accessible, informative and interactive learning experience designed to increase awareness and understanding of intersectional LGBTQIA+ communities, our culture and experiences. 

Our 3-hour sessions share the social and political picture of life for LGBTQIA+ people, alongside key learning and tools to support you to be active in your allyship from the day of your session and into the future. Packed with useful advice and guidance, together we’ll explore: 

  • Opening up the basics in our LGBTQIA+ 101, from acronyms to inclusive language.

  • Breaking down the differences of Sexual and Romantic Attraction.

  • Exploring how Gender Identity and Expression can empower us all.

  • Intersectionality, the many layers of identity and the challenges this can present. 

  • LGBTQIA+ history and rights, and how Legislation and Activism impact the creation of safer, more welcoming spaces.

  • Supporting LGBTQIA+ people in your workplace through quick wins and long term actions to increase Empowerment and Allyship.

Alongside judgement free question and answer time, all participants receive a Proud Allies workbook, pre and post training resources, a record of the pledges made in-session to encourage accountability and a digital certificate.

Proud Allies training is suitable for all professionals committed to championing LGBTQIA+ inclusion, with added benefit for those working in public facing roles, front of house, customer service, marketing, HR, policy makers, focus group/network leads, management teams and board members/trustees. 

Shaped and presented by a representative team of LGBTQIA+ professionals and community members with lived experience, sessions can be delivered in-person or online, for a small team or an entire company.

Demonstrate your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion today and join the thousands of Proud Allies across the UK and internationally already benefiting from our training.

Training to drive inclusion 

Northern Pride director, Ste Dunn, spoke recently about the Proud Allies training on the podcast 'Driving Place Based Innovation'. 

Listen back now, and find out why we are on this mission to create more proud allies across the north east. 

More trainers needed!

Trainers needed to help create inclusive, welcoming spaces for our LGBTQIA+ community. Could this be you? Learn more, and apply today!

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“It was a fantastic training opportunity, delivered in a friendly and professional manner which has had an ongoing impact in raising awareness, and increasing confidence around the use of inclusive language, helping us to be more proactive, accessible and informed” Open College of the Arts.

“The training was a safe environment where no questions were out of bounds. We found the session to be informative and eye opening and the pace was perfect…It has helped our organisation think about what we can do better to ensure we are a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone”  Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham. 

“The training was transformational and our team members are still talking about it to this day” Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner 

Proud Allies has been delivered to:

Twitch (Amazon), Sky, Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro, St Oswald’s Hospice, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Museums Galleries Scotland, Crafts Council, New College Durham, Tees Valley Museums, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Engage London, Newcastle United FC, Newcastle NE1 Ltd, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Middlesbrough Council Children’s Services, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Cleveland Police, Centre for Life, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and many more!


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Curious Arts is a North East based charity committed to championing and developing LGBTQIA+ arts, artists and communities across the region and beyond. We work in partnership with cultural and community organisations year-round to develop ambitious, accessible, creative projects that create opportunities and increase visibility and understanding of LGBTQIA+ culture and experiences. 

Our values are Creativity, Inclusivity and Visibility.

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Book Proud Allies training for your group or team by completing the form below and we’ll be in touch to discuss your personalised quote and plan.

Proud Allies training starts from £1100 +VAT for 16 people. 

If training delivery is in person and outside of the North East, an additional travel and accommodation cost will apply. 

A 10% discount is available for repeat bookers, charities, youth focused and/or cultural organisations with an annual turnover of less than £1million. If this discount applies to your organisation, please note this in your enquiry.

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Thank you for your enquiry, a member of our training delivery team will be in touch to discuss next steps within in ten business days.

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On occasion, we deliver Proud Allies Training sessions online via Zoom for individuals to book. 

These sessions are perfect for SME's, sole traders, professional freelancers and entrepreneurs with places from just £58 - £68 +VAT.


Wednesday 10th April, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, online via Zoom.

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