As Pride runs for its tenth year, festival goers can get out of a tricky situation by asking a steward ‘have you seen Angela’?
At the biggest LGBT+ event in Sheffield, attendees are reassured that if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation, they just need to ask a steward ‘have you seen Angela’ and they will be taken to a safe place.
Sheffield’s successful ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme is now used in forty clubs and pubs in Sheffield city centre, more than doubling the amount from this time last year. In light of the success the Best Bar None scheme is collaborating with Pride and the ‘have you seen Angela?’ question will be used.
‘Angela’ was a creation which has been used over a year now to help ensure safe dating and to help tackle sexual harassment.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said:
The scheme has been a success in our bars and clubs and we hope to create a safe environment at Pride, and future festivals using the same technique.
It encourages people to discreetly ask for help if they are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable, who will then make sure they get somewhere safe.
Posters will be on display across the Pride Festival to remind people how they can get out of tricky situations without causing too much of a fuss.
Tracey Ford, Manager of Best Bar None, said:
Ask for Angela is a great example of pubs and clubs going that extra mile to ensure their customers feel safe whilst in their premises.
We are really excited to partner with Pride to pilot #HaveyouseenAngela? in a festival environment, as we recognise that regardless of gender or sexuality people have the right to not be harassed and to feel safe when they are out socialising.
Alison Higgins, Strategic Commissioning Manager for Domestic and Sexual Abuse at Sheffield City Council, commented:
We hope using the hashtag #HaveyouseenAngela? at Pride will help promote sexual abuse and domestic abuse services in Sheffield to people in the LGBT+ community. Sheffield services are inclusive to all and we are urging people not to suffer in silence!
Ask For Angela first launched in Lincolnshire last year, developed by Lincolnshire County Council. It gained global attention after a social media post about it went viral and was shared by more than 55,000 people.
To find which licensed premises is running Ask for Angela look out for the window stickers displayed at the front of premises or go to www.sheffieldbestbarnone.com for more information.
For more information about Pride visit http://www.pridesheffield.org/.