Wiltshire Council marked the start of LGBT History Month today (4 February) with the raising of the rainbow flag at County Hall and the launch of an exhibition in the Atrium. Councillors, directors and staff are also showing their support by wearing rainbow lanyards.
Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Chairman and lead councillor for staffing equality, raised the multi-coloured flag with Wiltshire Council representatives including members of the LGBT Forum attending the ceremony.
Cllr Bucknell said: “Celebrating LGBT History Month and raising the rainbow flag marks our clear commitment to Wiltshire Council being an inclusive place for all. Our society has come a long way but there is always more to do. We hope by raising the flag and celebrating the pioneers who first took up the mantle for LGBT rights, we will continue to see positive change and refocus our efforts to address the challenges the LGBT community still face today.”
David Payne, Health Trainer and Chair of the LGBT Forum in Wiltshire said: “As the chair of the LGBT Forum I am delighted to celebrate LGBT History Month. It is important as it acknowledges the brave men and women who got us to where we are today and gives us a chance to see what still needs to be done. With the support of Wiltshire Council and its great diversity ethos we can help achieve this.”
This year’s theme is peace, reconciliation and activism. There is an exhibition in the Atrium celebrating the people who have helped change attitudes to LGBT. The exhibition also focuses on the issues still faced and the struggles of those around the world. The exhibition runs until the end of February.
To find out more and get involved, visit lgbthistorymonth.org.uk.