Pride in sex­ual equal­ity

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

A SNP coun­cil­lor has hailed the “bold ground- break­ing step” to fly a flag for sex­ual equal­ity above her own HQ.

Laura Bren­nan- White­field says a “clear and pro­gres­sive equal­ity agenda” can help change the face of South Ayr­shire pol­i­tics.

It fol­lows a unan­i­mous vote to fly the LGBTI ( Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der and In­ter­sex) colours for one month.

We re­vealed last week that the rain­bow flag will

be hoisted above Ayr’s County Build­ings in Fe­bru­ary to mark LGBTI His­tory Month.

Ms Bren­nan- White­field, who pro­posed the move to fel­low coun­cil­lors, said: “I’m de­lighted ev­ery coun­cil­lor agreed to this mo­tion.

“This is another step for­ward for the coun­cil and our com­mit­ment to equal­ity and di­ver­sity.

“The fact that we will be fly­ing the flag for the whole of LGBTI his­tory month is a bold ground- break­ing step for the coun­cil, which has never flown the flag be­fore.

“Our ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to place the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties of South Ayr­shire at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do and this was an is­sue raised with me while cam­paign­ing for elec­tion, so I’m very happy to be able to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in a few months.”

As part of the pro­posal, the flag will now fly ev­ery Fe­bru­ary to mark the land­mark month.

Fel­low SNP coun­cil­lor, Siob­hian Brown, who sec­onded the mo­tion, added: “It sends a clear and strong mes­sage that – as a com­mu­nity – South Ayr­shire aims to lead the way in shap­ing in­clu­sive and tol­er­ant com­mu­ni­ties that accept ev­ery­one re­gard­less of sex­ual pref­er­ence, gen­der, race or be­lief.”

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