A rainbow flag was raised in front of County Hall in Trowbridge to mark the start of national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History month.
Corporate Director Maggie Rae and Cllr Allison Bucknell raised the multi-coloured flag with representatives from the LGBT community and Wiltshire Police attending the ceremony.
Additionally, to highlight the month an exhibition is being held inside the atrium at County Hall in Trowbridge highlighting landmark events in LGBT history, the current legal status around the world and general information on LGBT issues.
Allison Bucknell, portfolio holder for staffing equality, customer care and systems thinking, said: “Raising the flag underlines Wiltshire Council’s commitment to equality for all. I hope people will visit the exhibition in the atrium or at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and discover more about LGBT history.”
Corporate director Maggie Rae added “This is a simple gesture, yet a powerful way to show our support to the LGBT community in Wiltshire. Although this is only a month, our work to challenge issues such as homophobia, biphobia and transphobia go on throughout the year, and educating people is a big part of this.”
For the last two years Wiltshire Council has been ranked third in the country in the Education Equality Index for tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference in schools. The index is collated by gay equality charity Stonewall and reflects a number of activities including Wiltshire’s successful ZeeTee (zero tolerance) campaign led by young people which uses innovative approaches in its work to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying and language.
The LGBT exhibition in the atrium is from 2 – 13 February and then at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham from 19 – 28 February