July is Pride Month across North Lincolnshire and to celebrate the diverse community a virtual Pride Day is being held on Friday 3 July.
Throughout the day, North Lincolnshire Council’s social media channels will be dedicated to celebrating the LGBT+ community working with partners. This includes messages of support from Humberside Police, the NHS and Ongo.
To kick-start the Pride celebrations, the Rainbow Flag – the traditional symbol of the LGBT+ community – will be raised in front of Church Square House.
A private ceremony for the raising of the Rainbow Flag took place in line with government social distancing guidelines. It was attending by Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Jonathan Evison, the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Young Mayor Xaynah Jamal, Member of the Youth Parliament Julija Solovjova and Denise Hyde, Chief Executive of North Lincolnshire Council.
Residents, schools and businesses are invited to send in their own pictures and photos of what Pride means to them, using the hashtags #PrideNorthLincs and #EveryonesInvited.
They can do this by decorating their homes or workspaces in rainbow colours, putting rainbow flags up in windows or wearing brightly-coloured clothing.
Content will be shared online on the day itself and during the month, along with messages from members of the public and the LGBT+ community.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and lead member for Diversity, said:
“Although we cannot celebrate Pride Month in the usual way, we are still committed to celebrating the LGBT+ community. The virtual Pride Day is an opportunity to highlight the diversity of North Lincolnshire’s communities.
“There is no place for discrimination in North Lincolnshire and we must ensure that it is the best place to live for everyone.
“We are hoping for partners, businesses and the local community get involved in the celebrations this July.”