South Gloucestershire Council at Pride
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Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, will be making an opening speech at the start of the festival at 12.30pm. He will then attend our stand to meet and speak with South Gloucestershire residents.
We have recently funded the Diversity Trust to carry out research into the experiences of LGBT people in South Gloucestershire, particularly with regard to wellbeing and mental health. The Diversity Trust will be recruiting people to participate in this research at Pride and there will be registration cards available on our stand.
In addition, a group of young people known as LGBT Brunch who regularly meet in Patchway will be attending thanks to a council grant. The group of young LGBT people get together for mutual support on the first Saturday of each month at Coniston Community Centre. They were awarded a revenue grant of £500 for this financial year to cover the cost of their meeting space and to promote their work, including attending Pride.
Cllr Ian Boulton said: “The 270,000 people who live in South Gloucestershire are as diverse as the 200 square miles which make up our authority, from our urban districts to the north and east of Bristol to our areas of outstanding Cotswold beauty. We want to let everyone in the district know that they are a part of what makes the area great and that there is information and support available for all.
“My political colleagues and opponents alike have always been extremely supportive about me being a gay man in public office. As the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, I hope that young gay men and women who doubt they can play a full part in our community will be encouraged by my experience.”
Merlin’s Community Investment Manager Jen Griffiths said: “We’re delighted to be attending this year’s Pride festival in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council. We’re committed to working and building relationships with all the communities in the area. This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, so it’s a great chance to show how we can all make a difference in our neighbourhoods.”
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