North Lincolnshire Council is showing its support for Pride with a virtual day of celebration today, 3 July 2020.
Along with our partners, including Ongo, Humberside Police and VANL we will be sharing messages of validation and support on our social media channels all day.
Members of the public are warmly invited to send in their Pride messages too, as photos, videos and comments.
The Rainbow Flag – traditional symbol of the LGBT+ community – has been raised in Church Square, Scunthorpe, and will fly throughout the month. Church Square will also light up in rainbow colours every evening.
The flag was raised by North Lincolnshire Mayor Cllr Jonathan Evison in a private ceremony adhering to social distancing guidelines. It was attended by the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, Young Mayor Xaynah Jamal, Member of the Youth Parliament Juliya Solovjova and North Lincolnshire Council Chief Executive Denise Hyde.
Cllr Evison said:
“The LGBT+ community in North Lincolnshire is estimated to be in excess of 8,000 people, of all ages and backgrounds, and we must ensure that our young people grow up feeling accepted because of their differences and not in spite of them.
“As the citizens of North Lincolnshire it is our responsibility that we make this a reality.”
Cllr Waltham said:
“It is important to support people to choose to live the lives that they choose to live and also to support people who have grown up believing and feeling and wanting to be the way that they choose to be.”
Xaynah Jamal said:
“Pride is about amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ+ community, that they are here, and they are here to stay. That they fought for the rights they now have and will continue to fight for change, equality and acceptance.
“Pride shows that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are not ashamed of who they are, despite the history and governments and people against them.”
Juliya Solovjova, who is also a member of Rainbow Youth North Lincs, said:
“As representatives of the young people of North Lincolnshire we want to say to you: “Be proud, be loud, and celebrate.”