Proud to support Pride

By on 22/05/2017 in Blog, Video News

 

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, blogs on this weekend’s Pride event in Birmingham, and her new role as a champion for LGBT issues within Birmingham City Council…

With the showpiece event in the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender calendar coming up this weekend (Birmingham Pride, May 27-28), I thought now was an appropriate time to blog in my recently-appointed capacity as Champion for the City Council’s LGBT Network Steering Group.

As a city council, we have had an active LGBT Allies Network for many years supporting lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender employees to be confident and able to be themselves in the workplace.

Thankfully, I have inherited a network that is doing so many great things to support and develop diverse future leaders, but it is crucial that we continue to celebrate diversity across all protected characteristics – and have the courage to challenge discriminatory behaviours and language. The Network plays a key role in that.

As a Corporate Director for the council, and as a proud ally for our large and vibrant LGBT community I am also delighted to show my support for all our staff and all Birmingham’s citizens at this year’s Pride Parade.

The theme for this year’s Parade is “Love and Pride” to highlight 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality for gay men.  As in previous years, the network will be entering a group in the Birmingham Pride parade (on May 27, starting at 12pm in Victoria Square).

If you are in or around the city centre at that time, do feel free to join the group or cheer them on!

There are a number of ways to find out more about the network:

Web: www.birmingham.gov.uk/lgbtnetwork

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bcclgbt

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bcclgbt

Email:  lgbt@birmingham.gov.uk

 

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