This LGBT History Month, Portsmouth will fly the rainbow, transgender, non-binary and pansexual flags in Guildhall Square.
LGBT History Month takes place annually in February, and is a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. It aims to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBTQ+ community while celebrating its achievement and diversity, and increasing the visibility of the community.
Cllr Chris Attwell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Central Services at Portsmouth City Council, said:
“I am thrilled to be part of this momentous month when we fly these four flags to raise awareness of members of our community who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other. Portsmouth is a diverse and culturally rich city and we want to celebrate all its people regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. It’s part of what makes Portsmouth unique and the city that we love.”
Cllr Claire Udy, LGBT Champion at Portsmouth City Council, said:
“Our teams work hard on LGBTQ+ inclusivity and strategies to help everyone feel welcome in Portsmouth. From training staff to promoting and supporting inclusion in schools, recruiting foster carers in the LGBTQ community to making available books and information through our libraries, we recognise that it takes each and every one of us to build a culture where everyone is comfortable to be themselves without judgement or prejudice. I am proud to be part of marking LGBT History Month.”