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Milestone event for LGBT campaigners

Visitors and organisers at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month meeting at Peterborough Town Hall. Photo:  David Lowndes

Visitors and organisers at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month meeting at Peterborough Town Hall. Photo: David Lowndes

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month found a new venue in Peterborough for 2013.

Events as part of a national campaign each February to recognise the history and achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender commuity have been held in the city since 2008.

This year a meeting was held for the first time at the Town Hall, with input from the police and Peterborough City Council.

Huw Williams, centre manager of the Terence Higgins Trust which runs the LGBT Youth group in the city for 14-21 year olds, said the event went well.

Mr Williams said: “It was opened by the mayor, who gave a welcome speech, and the police also gave a presentation.

“The council presented various action plans on how to engage with LGBT communities.

“We have been working with their equality and cohesion officers and this was an important milestone showing the city council will support the eight per cent ofpeople who identify as LGBT,

“Hopefully now the Town Hall will take it on each year.”

A meeting yesterday at Peterborough Regional College looked at the general issue of reporting bullying, while there will also be a conference on LGBT issues delivered by Youth Councillors in the Town Hall on February 27, (10am to 2pm).

Mr Williams added: “We have lost some of the venues where we held meetings, but we have had a strong relationship with the college for two years.

“Rights for LGBT people are an important issue and even if somewhere just places a rainbow flag or a Stonewall poster on a noticeboard, it starts a discussion.”

Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History Month takes place in February each year,

celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. 2013 will be dedicated to Maths, science and engineering.

LGBT Sister projects include Schools Out, which aims to make schools safe and inclusive for everyone, and The Classroom, providing resources to make LGBT people visible in education

For more information on the Peterborough group go to www.theyouthgroup.org.uk, or telephone 01733 568094.

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