Sunday, July 22, 2018

Flying the flag for LGBT History Month

A rainbow flag will proudly fly at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s headquarters Penallta House throughout the month of February, to celebrate and show support for LGBT History Month. ; LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and experiences. It also aims to raise awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community. ; Equalities Champion for Caerphilly, Cllr James Pritchard says, “We are privileged to live in an area that celebrates diversity, and showing our support for LGBT History Month is an important way for us to lead on promoting equality and diversity in our county borough. We are very proud to fly the rainbow flag at Penallta House to show our support&;. ; Caerphilly’s Youth Service also play an integral role in promoting diversity and equality in local communities, through a support group project which aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other young people (LBGTQ) who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality. ; Since its introduction, the project, which is held on the last Saturday of every month at Blackwood Library between 12pm and 3pm, has gone from strength to strength and regularly provides support to around 35 young people, with some even attending the project from neighbouring county boroughs. ; In addition, some of the LGBTQ group are set to attend a conference at the Senedd ‘OUTing the past’ later this week, while various workshops will be taking place at The Basement in Blackwood Library throughout the month. ; Cllr James Pritchard continues, “This excellent project offers support and friendship to our young people during what can be a very difficult time in their lives, and I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone involved&;. ; Caerphilly County Borough Council has also, in recent years, been listed in Stonewall’s Education Equality Index at the top of its most improved ranking in recognition of the council’s work in local schools to tackle bullying and celebrate difference. ; For more information about the Caerphilly Youth Service’s LGBTQ project, please contact the Blackwood Basement by emailing thebasementcaerphilly.gov.uk ; For further information on LGBT History Month, please visit http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/lgbt-history-month-resources/

Source: http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/News/News-Bulletin/February-2018/Flying-the-flag-for-LGBT-History-Month (Tue Feb 6th 2018)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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