For the first time, Liverpool City Council staff will take part in the annual Liverpool Pride March this Saturday (28 July) to show their support for the city’s LGBT+ communities.
Around 30 staff will don colourful ‘#TeamLCC’ t-shirts and display a giant ‘Proud to serve our city’ rainbow banner, to march alongside representatives of the council’s trade unions, friends and family through the city centre.
‘#TeamLCC’ consists of colleagues from the council’s sports centres, Adult Services, Children’s and Youth Services, Housing Options, ICT, call centre, communications team, Mayor’s office and Revenues and Benefits Service.
The idea to take part was put forward by the Mayor’s office and the staff Diversity Forum.
Now in its ninth year, Liverpool Pride takes place close to the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer in August 2008. Michael was just 18 years old when he suffered a brutal, homophobic attack in the city.
It is a chance to remember Michael and show the world that Liverpool welcomes diversity, champions equality and rejects all forms of hate crime.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:
“Liverpool Pride is an important event in the city’s calendar, showcasing to the world that Liverpool is against prejudice and for love, equality and acceptance.
Each year, it goes from strength to strength, with more and more people marching in memory of Michael, and in celebration of LGBT+ lives.
It makes me tremendously proud that Liverpool City Council staff will be there, for the first time, marching alongside the communities we serve every day and in support of our own LGBT+ staff. I wish all of them, and everyone else taking part in the march or cheering it on, a fabulous, fun and safe Pride.”
The Mayor of Liverpool and Culture Liverpool (part of Liverpool City Council) are proud supporters of the Liverpool Pride festival. This year’s march is held in association with the Mayor of Liverpool.
In total, over 8,000 people are expected to take part.
James License from Liverpool Pride said;
“The city council, Joe Anderson’s office along with the Culture and Events team have supported us so much this year, it’s great you will be marching with us.”
Following the march, there will be free live music and entertainment across three main stages in Tithebarn Street.
As a further show of support, four of the council’s iconic buildings – St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, the Cunard building and Central Library – are being lit up in rainbow colours every night until Thursday 2 August, to show that Liverpool is an LGBT+ friendly city.