Buckingham Town Council has raised a rainbow flag for Pride month for the first time. A crowd of people gathered to watch the flag-raising, which took place on 6th June 2022. The flag will continue to fly for the rest of the month.
Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Ryan Willett said: ‘It was so amazing to see so many people attend the event to support unity and diversity within our community. I was very pleased to see the Mayor and many councillors at our first-ever pride event, supporting rights for the LGBTQ+ community. It is also important that we support other groups in our community the same way we have done on this occasion. Through the good British values of tolerance, dignity and respect, Buckingham town has shown its full commitment to these values.”
During the flag-raising Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley spoke about the significance of the flag: “This is the first time we’ve done this in Buckingham, the symbol of the rainbow is a powerful one, representing and reflecting the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and indeed of the whole community. It’s shocking that in my lifetime people could be prosecuted because of their sexuality or sexual orientation let alone the discrimination and harassment that many experienced. But this rainbow flag is a sign of hope and promise that this can and does change… Thank you to everyone who has come along today, and those who have enabled this to happen.”
For enquiries, please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, firstname.lastname@example.org.