Salisbury District Hospital fly the flag for LGBT History month

Salisbury District Hospital fly the flag for LGBT History month

Published by Jack Deery at 5:54am 4th February 2020.

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They put up the rainbow banner yesterday (Monday 3rd February) and it will stay up until 29th.

In support and recognition of LGBT+ History month, Salisbury District Hospital welcomed some familiar faces from within the community for their flag raising ceremony. 

Mayor John Walsh, Dean of Salisbury Nick Papadopulous, Inspector Pete Sparrow as well as number of staff and hospital partners were among the guests for the occasion. 

Mayor of Salisbury and Candice LGBT Flag raising
Mayor John Walsh and Candice Berry from Salisbury NHS Foundation participating in a friendship celebration

The flag will continue to fly for the rest of the month. 

Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said:

"This month we will be proudly flying the rainbow flag at the hospital, which is symbolic of our staff, patients and visitors all coming together to support LGBT History Month. The month offers an opportunity to reflect on the struggle for equality and a chance to celebrate and recognise our differences.
Here at Salisbury Hospital we are committed to promoting equality and celebrating our diverse workforce and I am delighted that we were joined by so many partners from across the City".

LGBT Flag raising Simon Ward
The ceremony took place at Salisbury District Hospital yesterday


Salisbury District Hospital wasn't the only organisation across our region to do this. 

Wiltshire Police followed suit by hoisting one up above their headquarters in Devizes. 

LGBT Flag Raising Wiltshire Police
Wiltshire Police held their celebration at their HQ in Devizes

While Wiltshire Council did the same by putting it on top of the County Hall in Trowbridge. 

David Payne, Health Trainer and Chair of the LGBT+ Forum in Wiltshire said: 

"As chair of the LGBT+ Forum I am proud of what we do here at Wiltshire Council to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. This month acknowledges the brave men and women who have got us where we are today. 

As a nation we have made great strides in creating a fairer and more inclusive society but unfortunately some members of the LGBT+ community still experience hate and it is so important to show solidarity and raise awareness."

LGBT Flag Raising Wiltshire Council
Lots of people gathered for Wiltshire Council's event in Trowbridge


The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trangender plus History Month aims to promote equality and diversity. 

They try to:

  • Increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community
  • Raise awareness on the matters affecting the LGBT+ community
  • Make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities

It officially runs until the end of February.

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