THE rainbow flag has been raised at The Guildhall in Cambridge to mark this year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) History Month in Cambridge
There is a varied programme of talks, social events, performances, music, films, exhibitions, workshops and more throughout February, organised by a number of local organisations in partnership with the Encompass Network and supported by Cambridge City Council.
The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Russ McPherson, helped launch this year’s event on behalf of the council, with a speech on the steps of the Guildhall on 1 February, before the raising of the rainbow flag.
To see the complete programme of events read Encompass’s LGBTQ+ History Month webpage.
Cllr Anna Smith, Leader of the Council and Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It’s always a huge privilege to support LGBTQ+ History Month as a city. It’s an opportunity to restate our commitment to LGBTQ+ rights, to celebrate the roles our LBGQT+ communities play in our city, and to learn something new too.
“I’m thrilled that this year there is the chance to experience both face to face and online events, allowing as many people as possible to take part. Events like this are a reminder that, as we say in our equality pledge, we all commit to Cambridge to being a diverse, welcoming place for all.”
The council’s support for LGBTQ+ History Month forms part of its wider work to strengthen equality and diversity in Cambridge.
The council encourages partners and individuals to show their commitment to challenging discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity by signing the Equality Pledge – which the council is a co-founder and signatory of.
The Equality Pledge reads: “We believe in the dignity of all people and their right to respect and equality of opportunity. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to our community. Our aspiration is for Cambridge and the wider region to be safe, welcoming and inclusive.”
In addition, the council is signed up to Safe Spaces, which is an initiative run by Encompass Network for organisations and businesses to ensure LGBTQ+ people feel welcome and supported. If people visit a place which displays the Safe Spaces sticker, it indicates that people of all genders and sexualities can feel relaxed and protected in that place.
All businesses and organisations in Cambridge are invited to join the scheme and can find out more at http://encompassnetwork.org.uk/safe-spaces