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Cambridge raises Rainbow flag for LGBT History Month

Cambridge raises Rainbow flag for LGBT History Month

In honour of the annual LGBT History Month, Cambridge city, the famous UK University City, flew the rainbow flag over Guildhall.

Mayor, Cllr Sheila Stuart, officially opened the celebrations yesterday (1 January) and handed out flyers as the Arco Iris samba band played. Workshops, film screenings and other events will be held across the city.

The celebrations are directed by Encompass Network – a network for LGBT voluntary organisations.

Other partners include Cambridge University, the city council, South Cambs District Council, Sister Act, Quest, CUSU- LGBT, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, SexYouality, Arts Picture House, and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to name a few.

Kate Durrant, from Encompass Network, told Cambridge News: ‘We are thrilled that so many organisations have come together this year to make history month a success.

‘Bringing about change towards an accepting society is not just the responsibility of a few, but can be achieved by many of us working together’.

City councillor and LGBT rights campaigner Cllr Sarah Brown, who is a transgender woman, said she was proud to be part of an organization which flies the gay flag, adding: ‘I’m looking forward to a very busy LGBT month and the variety of events around the city’.

The theme for this year’s celebration is maths and engineering.

Gay speakers visiting Cambridge include Prof Stephen Whittle on February 7 and former EastEnders star and MEP Michael Cashman – who will be at Cambridge University’s Annual LGBT Lecture on 21 February to share his experiences of challenging discrimination.

Other events include a jazz night, Gamelan Percussion Workshop, family fun day and an LGBT youth event. Encompass Network will also be hosting its first Ping-Pong Disco.

The flag was also raised over South Cambs District Council’s offices in Cambourne by chairman Cllr Tony Orgee.
He said: ‘I’m very proud that once again the rainbow flag will fly outside South Cambridgeshire Hall during February’.