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LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month was celebrated between 1st – 28th February.

Many events were held across the region to celebrate LGBT History Month.

THE newly formed Trowbridge pride committee met in the community room of the local Tesco to where the group were visited by members of the public who were keen to ask questions about both the group and nationally recognised event.

Becky Mehsen, chairman of the newly formed Trowbridge Pride group said: “As a committee we are overwhelmed by the welcome we are having from Trowbridge and its community. With over 30 people coming into chat to learn about such an important part of history is very humbling.”

Wiltshire Council raised a rainbow flag outside County Hall in Trowbridge to show their support for LGBT history month. Councillors, directors and staff are also showed their support by wearing rainbow lanyards.

Outstories Bristol and M Shed collaborated to put on a day of talks and discussion about LGBT History. Speakers included Stephen Williams talking about his time as an openly gay MP. We will also have Lisa Power talking about the founding of Stonewall.

Meanwhile, Somerset Football Association joined with Football v Homophobia and clubs across the county to bring their rainbow footballs to fixtures across their County Cup Competitions, Girls’ Advanced Coaching Centre Festival and a Representative Team game. These dedicated fixtures were used to raise the profile of inclusivity within football and support all LGBT+ participants in the game.

Jon Pike, Chief Executive of Somerset FA said: “We are delighted to have been gifted six rainbow balls to coordinate a range of dedicated fixtures across Somerset in February for the Football vs Homophobia Month of Action. The values of Somerset FA and Football vs Homophobia align perfectly, both working to make Football for Everyone. We believe this campaign can help make a positive difference and show football as the inclusive sport that it is”