Rainbow flag flies high in the Mead for Pride Month

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 4 June 2021

A RAINBOW flag is being flown in the Argents Mead park to celebrate LGBT+ Pride Month in Hinckley and Bosworth.

The rainbow flag in the Mead (Vaughan Moore / HFP)

LGBT+ Pride Month starts on June 1 until June 30.

The flag, which is the main symbol of the LGBT+ community, was put up in the park just two days’ ago (2 June) by a member of the Borough Council.

Just like last year (2020), a ceremony was unable to be held to accompany the flag being raised, due to safety concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barwell-based LGBT+ rights campaigner, Mathew Hulbert, thanked Council Leader Stuart Bray, the Cultural Services Department, and all at the Borough Council for supporting LGBT+ individuals and communities across the area.

Mathew explained that the rainbow flag being flown for the month is ‘fantastic’ and how it is an important symbol which restates how that the equality of LGBT+ people is important.

He further added: “The equality of LGBT+ people is important, as is the contribution we make, in a host of different ways, to Hinckley and Bosworth.

“We’ve certainly come a long way in the ongoing fight for full equality for all of our communities, but there remains a very long way to go, especially when it comes to the rights and recognition of trans and non-binary individuals.

“Knowing that we have a Borough Council and Council leadership which is committed to playing its part in that ongoing fight for our rights means so much to those of us who are among those communities.”

As the Free Press reported in May, the Atkins Building are hosting an exhibition on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which aims to challenge prejudice against LGBT+ people in our communities.

The exhibition will remain in the Atkins Building until 23 June.

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