Sun shines on Pride flag at County Hall

Posted on: 10 May 2017

Devon County Council’s Chief Executive, Phil Norrey welcomed staff and partners to the raising of the Pride flag in honour of the ninth Exeter Pride festival.

Organisers of Exeter Pride, which takes place this Saturday 13 May, also attended the flag raising at County Hall, Exeter.

Mr Norrey said:

“We’ve organised a number of flag raisings to celebrate the event, which is going from strength to strength.  Exeter Pride is at the heart of the city’s cultural calendar, filling Exeter with vibrancy, colour and excitement.  It showcases the city, and also the county’s celebration of the LGBT+ community.

“The Council agreed earlier this week to renew our LGBT+ pledge to make our organisation a better place to work for LGBT+ employees.  And we’ll continue to address some of the issues and challenges to make society more LGBT+ friendly.”

Chris Scadden, Chair of Exeter Pride said:

“Devon was recently analysed to have the largest density of LGBT+ people in a rural area. It’s therefore fundamental that we hold a wonderful and diverse event such as Pride.”

As part of this year’s festival, Jo Hooper, the Council’s Corporate Equality Officer, will be running a new Talking Zone in Exeter Library.

She said:

“The aim of the Talking Zone is to create a space for people to chill out and chat. It’s a lovely space which overlooks the Rougemont Gardens where the Pride Family Zone is.  I’m also looking forward to hosting three panel debates in the Rougemont Room – the Main Panel Debate which will be exploring ‘how far have we come?’ is at 1.30pm, a new Young Person’s Panel Debate led by X-Plore Youth Group is at 2.30pm, and the Trans Panel Debate is at 3.30pm. We’ll also have our LGBT+ Staff Network stall there.”

Information about the Exeter Pride Festival can be found on the Exeter Pride website.

Pride is going to be even bigger this year, extending into Northernhay Gardens with a very special appearance from Joss Stone. It’s the biggest free celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities in the county of Devon – and is one of the first in the UK summer calendar of similar such events.

The ninth annual event will include the always popular rainbow flag parade, setting off at midday from St Sidwell’s Centre, down Exeter High Street to Northernhay Gardens, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Library and Rougemont Gardens, where a packed programme of activities will await.  The parade also includes roller skaters, Street Heat samba band, a fire engine, an ambulance, Morris dancers and volunteers carrying a 50-metre rainbow flag.

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