Rainbow flags will mark LGBT History Month

Published on 03 February 2017

LEICESTERSHIRE will be flying the rainbow flag for inclusion and diversity as the city and county mark LGBT History Month. 

Rainbow flags will be raised at Leicester’s Town Hall, and at other public buildings across Leicestershire, on Monday (6 Feb).

The flags are a symbol of the city and county’s commitment to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

Councillor Manjula Sood, Leicester’s assistant city mayor for community involvement, partnership and equalities, said: “Flying rainbow flags celebrates our commitment to our diverse city.

“The rainbow flag is a symbol of hope and a sign of our shared pledge to work together to change the world and create a fair and just society for all.

“This year we will be particularly focusing on the work taking place with our transgender community.” 

Councillor Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for equalities, said: “We are united across Leicester and Leicestershire in our respect for all communities. I’m delighted that as public organisations, we will once again be raising the rainbow flag to demonstrate our support for LGBT people.”

Matthew Hulbert, vice chair of Leicester LGBT Centre, added: ''I'm honoured to be representing the Leicester LGBT Centre, which is currently celebrating 40 years on the side of LGBT+ communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, at this special and important ceremony.

''Those of us who fight for equality today stand on the shoulders of giants, people who fought for fairness and justice for our communities when to do so often put them at considerable personal risk. LGBT History Month is a chance to thank them and honour their work.

''This year we are, especially, marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality. An important year to reflect on what's been achieved and what's still to be done to ensure true equality for all.''

Representatives from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicestershire County Council, local charity Trade and Leicester’s LGBT Centre will join the flag-raising ceremony at the Town Hall.

The flags will remain in place all week.

More information about LGBT History Month is available at http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

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Media opportunity: You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the flag-raising ceremony, which takes place at 12.30pm on Monday 6 February at the Town Hall.