London Pride: Council flew updated LGBT flag for celebrations

Josh Salisbury (08 July, 2019) Community

"Pride is a glorious celebration of diversity – but also a crucial time to consider the challenges marginalised communities still face."

30709Members of the council's LGBT staff network flying the updated rainbow flag

The council joined other Southwark organisations in flying an updated LGBT rainbow flag to mark London Pride.

The annual celebration of the LGBT community took place in central London on Saturday, attracting up to as many as 1.5million people onto the streets.

Town hall officials commissioned and hosted the flags, which includes additional colours to represent trans people and LGBT people of colour, in collaboration with its LGBT staff network.

The flag was flown alongside the Union flag at the council’s two largest offices. The network also held a ‘Pride fayre’ on Friday at the council’s HQ on Tooley Street.

Cllr Rebecca Lury, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities, said: “Pride is a glorious celebration of diversity – but also a crucial time to consider the challenges marginalised communities still face, both in Southwark and across the globe.

“We wholeheartedly support every effort to highlight this and help foster inclusivity and diversity, and we firmly believe in leading by example.”

Designed in 2018 by Portland-based designer Daniel Quasar, the updated flag includes black and brown stripes alongside the traditional ‘rainbow’ colours, in a bid to promote inclusivity and representation.

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