A rainbow flag was raised in front of County Hall in Trowbridge on Monday (1 February) to mark the start of national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History month.
Cllr Allison Bucknell and corporate director Maggie Rae raised the multi-coloured flag with representatives from the LGBT community attending the ceremony. To mark the month, an exhibition is being held inside the Atrium at County Hall from now until 12 February with general information on LGBT issues. The rainbow flag will also be flown from the Wiltshire Council Monkton Park offices in Chippenham from 8 12 February.
Corporate director Maggie Rae said: “It’s right we have a date in the calendar to highlight Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues, this is something we are committed to throughout the year, and educating people is a big part of this.”
Allison Bucknell, portfolio holder for staffing equality, said: “Raising the flag is a simple but important gesture which demonstrates Wiltshire Council is an inclusive place for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.”
David Payne, chair of the LGBT Forum in Wiltshire said: “I think LGBT history month is important as it celebrates 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.”LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. For more information visit www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk – See more here.