Gay pride flag to be flown from council building for first time

THe pride flag will be flown over the civic offices in Epping

THe pride flag will be flown over the civic offices in Epping

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

A rainbow flag will be flown for the first time over the civic offices in Epping Forest.

The event has been scheduled to coincide with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender history month.

The multicoloured pride flag will be flown on February 17 to show support for the LGBT community.

The council has also commissioned a Hidden History display compiled by Epping Forest District Museum in their civic offices showing the change in attitudes to single-sex relationships since the 17th Century.

A drop-in meeting place for LGBT individuals will be established by the authority, which is currently appealing for a volunteer to run it in one of the council-owned buildings in the district.

Equality Officer Barbara Copson said: “We want to raise awareness of the LGBT community in the district and give them a voice.

“We are responding to suggestions from the LGBT community and want to make more contacts so we can find the best way to deliver improvements in the district.”

The work comes in light of findings by website essexgaymen.org.uk, which was commissioned to carry out a year-long survey.

Mrs Copson added: “It was drawn to our attention that flying the flag would be a good way to support the LGBT community by attending Chelmsford Pride over the last three years and from the research we comisisoned.”

“We wanted to time the event to tie in with LGBT history month and this is the first opportunity we have had to do it.”

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1:22pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Simon P. Hughes says...

I welcome the council celebrating diversity in this way, and also look forward to similar celebrations for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
I welcome the council celebrating diversity in this way, and also look forward to similar celebrations for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Simon P. Hughes
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Katie Rolt says...

Just goes to show, even Tory run councils expect the taxpayer to fund non-jobs. Looks like UKIP is the only way forward to end this lunacy.
Just goes to show, even Tory run councils expect the taxpayer to fund non-jobs. Looks like UKIP is the only way forward to end this lunacy. Katie Rolt
  • Score: -5

4:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pan says...

I think this is wrong. I do not think it is the councils place to get involved with issues of sexuality or religion in a capacity such as this.

I am not opposed in any way shape or form to differing sexualities and see sexuality from an equal point of view.

I actually think this type of promotion as divisive, exclusive and detrimental to society as a whole. It should not make any difference to anyone but the person what their sexuality is and this constant need to put people into categories is demeaning and patronising.

We hear about all these different "communities" either sexual based, religious based and whatever other type of "community" people want to be categorised as but I would expect us to be classed as one big community not divided along lines of sexuality or religion.
People want equality and then divide everyone up into categories. If there was a "straight pride" day everyone would be up in arms.

This is political correctness gone mad and will end up sub dividing "communities" in a bid for all different groups to get a slice of the pie.
I think this is wrong. I do not think it is the councils place to get involved with issues of sexuality or religion in a capacity such as this. I am not opposed in any way shape or form to differing sexualities and see sexuality from an equal point of view. I actually think this type of promotion as divisive, exclusive and detrimental to society as a whole. It should not make any difference to anyone but the person what their sexuality is and this constant need to put people into categories is demeaning and patronising. We hear about all these different "communities" either sexual based, religious based and whatever other type of "community" people want to be categorised as but I would expect us to be classed as one big community not divided along lines of sexuality or religion. People want equality and then divide everyone up into categories. If there was a "straight pride" day everyone would be up in arms. This is political correctness gone mad and will end up sub dividing "communities" in a bid for all different groups to get a slice of the pie. pan
  • Score: -2

4:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

BelieveBJ says...

pan wrote:
I think this is wrong. I do not think it is the councils place to get involved with issues of sexuality or religion in a capacity such as this.

I am not opposed in any way shape or form to differing sexualities and see sexuality from an equal point of view.

I actually think this type of promotion as divisive, exclusive and detrimental to society as a whole. It should not make any difference to anyone but the person what their sexuality is and this constant need to put people into categories is demeaning and patronising.

We hear about all these different "communities" either sexual based, religious based and whatever other type of "community" people want to be categorised as but I would expect us to be classed as one big community not divided along lines of sexuality or religion.
People want equality and then divide everyone up into categories. If there was a "straight pride" day everyone would be up in arms.

This is political correctness gone mad and will end up sub dividing "communities" in a bid for all different groups to get a slice of the pie.
Agree completely with most of this comment...
Who decided this?
Yet again, we the residents of the district are not even considered to be asked what we think!
I am appalled by this flag, and the whole concept behind it....
Why can't people just get on with their own lives, and let the rest of us do the same, without trying to constantly thrust themselves, down everyone's throats.
The world has gone mad yet again, here in Epping forest.
Maybe, the idea of designing a "straight" flag, is not such a bad idea.....
[quote][p][bold]pan[/bold] wrote: I think this is wrong. I do not think it is the councils place to get involved with issues of sexuality or religion in a capacity such as this. I am not opposed in any way shape or form to differing sexualities and see sexuality from an equal point of view. I actually think this type of promotion as divisive, exclusive and detrimental to society as a whole. It should not make any difference to anyone but the person what their sexuality is and this constant need to put people into categories is demeaning and patronising. We hear about all these different "communities" either sexual based, religious based and whatever other type of "community" people want to be categorised as but I would expect us to be classed as one big community not divided along lines of sexuality or religion. People want equality and then divide everyone up into categories. If there was a "straight pride" day everyone would be up in arms. This is political correctness gone mad and will end up sub dividing "communities" in a bid for all different groups to get a slice of the pie.[/p][/quote]Agree completely with most of this comment... Who decided this? Yet again, we the residents of the district are not even considered to be asked what we think! I am appalled by this flag, and the whole concept behind it.... Why can't people just get on with their own lives, and let the rest of us do the same, without trying to constantly thrust themselves, down everyone's throats. The world has gone mad yet again, here in Epping forest. Maybe, the idea of designing a "straight" flag, is not such a bad idea..... BelieveBJ
  • Score: -1

6:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Will they be as enthusiastic on April the 23rd , flying proudly the
Flag of St. George or will they worry about such an act upsetting immigrants?
Most be people I have encounter are indifferent about the sexual orientation of others, especially if the are strangers, the only people who seem to have issues with this topic are the people themselves who are not heterosexual. It is a private matter in any event. Heterosexuals seem the minority and persecuted these days and this continual focusing on the subject should come to an end in my opinion.
Will they be as enthusiastic on April the 23rd , flying proudly the Flag of St. George or will they worry about such an act upsetting immigrants? Most be people I have encounter are indifferent about the sexual orientation of others, especially if the are strangers, the only people who seem to have issues with this topic are the people themselves who are not heterosexual. It is a private matter in any event. Heterosexuals seem the minority and persecuted these days and this continual focusing on the subject should come to an end in my opinion. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

11:59am Fri 7 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

This is just PATHETIC, what is the point in doing this, to win more votes???? Seems like everyone wants to play gay friendly now to show they care etc.
What the hell is it with these organisations, they did this with other so called races when using pathetic words as ethnic etc. But yet they still hold those stupid forms that expects you to put down your race, gender, and sexuality so they can further discriminate.

I am fed up with these ppl trying to do things to be flavour of the month.
This is just PATHETIC, what is the point in doing this, to win more votes???? Seems like everyone wants to play gay friendly now to show they care etc. What the hell is it with these organisations, they did this with other so called races when using pathetic words as ethnic etc. But yet they still hold those stupid forms that expects you to put down your race, gender, and sexuality so they can further discriminate. I am fed up with these ppl trying to do things to be flavour of the month. HottRedMan
  • Score: 3

3:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

peckerdunne says...

HottRedMan wrote:
This is just PATHETIC, what is the point in doing this, to win more votes???? Seems like everyone wants to play gay friendly now to show they care etc.
What the hell is it with these organisations, they did this with other so called races when using pathetic words as ethnic etc. But yet they still hold those stupid forms that expects you to put down your race, gender, and sexuality so they can further discriminate.

I am fed up with these ppl trying to do things to be flavour of the month.
Calm down Dear.
It's only a flag.
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: This is just PATHETIC, what is the point in doing this, to win more votes???? Seems like everyone wants to play gay friendly now to show they care etc. What the hell is it with these organisations, they did this with other so called races when using pathetic words as ethnic etc. But yet they still hold those stupid forms that expects you to put down your race, gender, and sexuality so they can further discriminate. I am fed up with these ppl trying to do things to be flavour of the month.[/p][/quote]Calm down Dear. It's only a flag. peckerdunne
  • Score: -2

10:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Kingfisher19 says...

Obviously publicised by local paper to get a reaction - which it has done. Those that feel strongly contact your local councillor (they want votes at the next elections) or the Council's Chief Executive.
Obviously publicised by local paper to get a reaction - which it has done. Those that feel strongly contact your local councillor (they want votes at the next elections) or the Council's Chief Executive. Kingfisher19
  • Score: 3

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