PASSERS-BY could be forgiven for believing there had been a left-wing revolution at Tory-controlled Cheshire West and Chester Council because the gay pride flag is flying over all civic buildings in the borough.
In the past such sights might have been reserved for Labour authorities but this is the second time the rainbow flag, to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month (LGBT), has flown.
And the move is timely given the Same Sex Couples Bill was approved at second reading by MPs last week which would allow gay and lesbian couples to get hitched.
This year an increased number of partner organisations are supporting the initiative, which is now an integral part of the council’s calendar of events.
Cllr Razia Daniels, equality and diversity champion, said: “The raising of the rainbow flag last year was an important moment in Cheshire West and Chester Council’s history.
“Now with more people coming on board, this demonstrates a progression in our society’s attitude. Such a public display of support for equality shows a bright future for diversity and inclusion in our borough.”
A number of groups have joined forces to form the Lions Pride Steering Committee which is committed to promoting events that engage with and meet the needs of LGBT people, by sharing information, challenging homophobia and transphobia, raising the visibility of the LGBT community and celebrating diversity.
The committee includes the council, Chester University and students’ union, Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire Service, Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales and LGBT Youth North West.
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