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Coventry set to embrace equality throughout Pride Month

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This month Coventry is joining cities around the world in celebrating Pride Month, to highlight the issues that are still faced by many in the LGBTI+ community today, and to remember those who have lost their lives through hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.

Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots in 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. It sparked days of protests, with people demanding the establishment of places where LGBTI+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.

It is a celebration of inclusion, and as the current UK City of Culture, Coventry will be showing how diversity has enriched city life.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member for Equalities, said: “Coventry is a city that believes in equality for all and that everyone should be free to live the life they wish. We believe in a world where everyone is accepted and treated equally.”

The city has an exciting summer of Pride events lined up, including orchestral concerts in the Cathedral ruins, experiential exhibitions in the city centre, thought-provoking film productions on cultural diversity and family fun in green spaces, all designed to complement the centrepiece of the annual Pride festival itself.

The Coventry City of Culture Trust has provided funding for much of the programme, and for details and tickets, visit the Coventry 2021 or Coventry Pride websites. In addition, the Pride Flag is being flown throughout the month outside the Council House as a sign of the city’s support.

Cllr Antony Tucker, recently elected for Earlsdon ward and one of the Council’s newest LGBTI+ members, added: “Pride is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come towards equality, and also a time to remember those we’ve lost and how much we still have to achieve.”

 

Written by: David Watkins

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