08/06/21: Pride 2021 celebrated in Breckland

As the world celebrates Pride Month, Breckland Council is playing its part by raising the Rainbow flag and explaining how other organisations and Breckland businesses can be more LGBT+ inclusive and welcoming in the workplace.

LGBT+ Pride Month is a commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which occurred as a result of routine Police raids on gay bars in the 1960's. One raid on 28 June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village quickly escalated into a riot and received international attention. As a result, many Pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT+ people have had in the world and the fight for equality.

Chairman of Breckland Council, Cllr Roy Brame, commented " Breckland Council has raised the Rainbow Flag annually in June to celebrate Pride Month and show our commitment to Breckland residents as being an inclusive place for all. We are always looking for opportunities to raise awareness and support diversity and inclusion in Breckland, especially within our own workforce.

Cllr Paul Hewett, who is the portfolio holder leading Pride Month at Breckland Council, commented "During Pride Month we will be sharing content across our social media channels to explain the history of Pride month, the impact it has had on equality and explain how other businesses within the district can make workplaces more welcoming and supportive to the LGBT+ community. It is vital as a modern employer, leading by example, that our staff from the LGBT+ community feel welcomed and fully included in the workplace. As part of Pride Month,  our HR department is currently reviewing all of our Breckland staff policies to ensure they are inclusive and welcoming to the LGBT+ community."

 

Last updated: 08/06/2021 21:25:26