Hampshire News | Council and University Support Hampshire Pride | Andover & VillagesHampshire County Council and the University of Winchester are joining forces to celebrate diversity and inclusion, at the third annual Hampshire Pride in Winchester on Saturday 25 February 2017.

Organised by Hampshire County Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee network and the University of Winchester’s LGBTI Spectrum Student, Staff and Allies Network, Hampshire Pride brings together people from across the county to highlight the contribution of the LGBT community through a number of events, including a symposium and the Pride Parade in Winchester.

Around 300 members and supporters of the LGBT community took part in last year’s Pride Parade, in a show of unity to promote the Hampshire Pride mission and values of community, inclusivity and solidarity.

Hundreds of people are again expected to parade from the University of Winchester at 2pm, through the streets of Winchester, to Hampshire County Council’s Elizabeth II Court building. From 3pm, the venue will play host to a variety of stalls by local businesses, charities and community groups, as well as a café and canteen – together with street performances.

Throughout Pride week, the Rainbow Flag will fly outside Winchester’s Great Hall – and at the County Council’s headquarters building, on the day of the Pride Parade.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “Hampshire County Council has a long history of being an equal opportunities employer, and we are committed to continuing to improve our approach to delivering inclusive, equal and diverse services. We are delighted to be supporting Hampshire Pride in its third year – and very proud to be able to help bring together people from all walks of life, to respect, embrace and celebrate each other’s differences in this celebration of inclusiveness and acceptance.”

Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Diversity Champion at the University of Winchester, said: “Hampshire Pride embodies inclusion and diversity, both of which are values at the heart of the University. We are proud to support this year’s Pride Parade and other events, and to celebrate LGBT History Month in partnership with colleagues from Hampshire County Council.”

The Pride festival celebrations will continue with an after party at Winchester Guildhall from 7.30pm.

More information can be found at the Hampshire Pride website: www.hampshirepride.com

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