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Lighting up and raising the flag for LGBT+ History Month

Bharti Patel, Fabia Pollard, Louise Gayton (Equalities Officer) and Claire Good
Bharti Patel, Fabia Pollard, Louise Gayton (Equalities Officer) & Claire Good with the Progress Flag

Published: Tuesday, 1st February 2022

To mark the start of LGBT+ History Month today the Progress flag has been raised at King’s Court. King's Lynn Town Hall and Alive Corn Exchange will also be lit up in rainbow colours.

This year marks a special anniversary in the story of the LGBT+ History Month as it is 50 years since the first Pride March in the UK, in 1972. Representatives from Unison have raised the progress flag at King Court to mark the start of the month.

On members behalf, Unison have bought a new LGBT+ flag.

Development of the LGBT+ Progress Flag:

  • In June 2018 designer Daniel Quasar released a redesign incorporating elements from both the Philadelphia flag and trans pride flag to bring focus on inclusion and progress within the community. The black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized people of colour, trans people, and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront; "the arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made”.
  • In 2021, Valentino Vecchietti of Intersex Equality Rights UK redesigned the Progress Pride flag to incorporate the intersex flag. This design added a yellow triangle with a purple circle in it.

The flag flying outside the King's Court office

The flag flying outside the King's Court office

The aim of LGBT+ History Month is to promote equality and diversity. It does this in a number of ways, which includes increasing the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives and experiences, and raising awareness of matters affecting the LGBT+ community.

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