Rainbows have appeared over two council buildings to mark LGBT History Month.
The Chairman of North Dorset District Council, Councillor Val Pothercary, and Chairman of West Dorset District Council, Councillor Peter Shorland, raised the rainbow flag – a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride – at South Walks House offices, in Dorchester, on Monday 12 February.
This was done in partnership as North Dorset District Council moved out of its Nordon offices last week.
In a separate ceremony, the Deputy Mayor of Weymouth, Councillor Gill Taylor, raised the rainbow flag outside Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s offices. The ceremony was attended by councillors, council staff, Unison and local LGBT groups.
LGBT History Month recognises the achievements and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Councillor Stella Jones MBE, portfolio holder for equalities at West Dorset District Council, said:
“This is a symbol of the council’s support for the LGBTQ+ community. West Dorset is a place for everyone no matter who they are. We’re proud to promote our inclusivity and celebrate our diversity.”
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council councillors and staff with the rainbow flag outside the council’s Commercial Road offices.
Councils in Dorset have raised the rainbow flag to show unity with LGBTQ+ communities. February is LGBT History Month.
Councillor Christine James, briefholder for inclusion at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said:
“We’re proud to fly the rainbow flag in Weymouth and Portland. Our society has come a long way to include all people, but there is more to do. We owe it to the people who fought to get this far to show our continued support.”
Councillor Piers Brown, portfolio holder for access and customer services at North Dorset District Council, said:
“We value everyone in our society and I’m proud to mark LGBT History month with such a symbolic gesture and raise awareness for LGBTQ+ causes. But our support for equality and inclusivity is all year round and we will continue to work to make sure North Dorset is a place free from discrimination and stigma.”