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BeLGBT: Flying The Flag for Equality in Bedford

“Lots of businesses have been really keen on flying the rainbow flag to mark the start of LGBT history month and show that the county is a safe and inclusive place for an often non-visible minority such as LGBT communities”.

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We love people with a bit of get up and go and we were really impressed to hear about BeLGBT a couple of weeks ago.

BeLGBT are a new goup formed to champion initiatives and promote equality for the LGBT communities of Bedfordshire and to have LGBT issues recognised by their local authority after the disappointing news that all local MP’s stood against Marriage Equality.

To celebrate the creation of the group, BeLGBT is holding a launch event at Rock City Art gallery in Bedford’s Castle Quay tonight (Friday 1st February) at 7pm.

The launch coincides with the start of LGBT history month, which the group is marking with its ‘FlyTheRainbow’ Twitter campaign, followed by a display at Bedford Central Library from 8th February.

The group have been asking local businesses, public organisations and charities to fly the rainbow flag (#FlyTheRainbow) today to show their support for LGBT history month and Bedfordshire’s LGBT communities.

Over the past few weeks, they have contacted various individuals and organisations across the county to gain support.

Sam Smith said:

index“We have been struck by the support shown to us by local businesses, the Mayor and the Bedfordshire Students Union at the University of Bedfordshire – and that’s just to name a few. Lots of businesses have been really keen on flying the rainbow flag to mark the start of LGBT history month and show that the county is a safe and inclusive place for an often non-visible minority such as LGBT communities. In a small county such as ours, it can be hard to find information on LGBT issues and one of our aims is to signpost people in the right direction and help them in any way we can.”

The launch event coincides with the new ‘She Bop A Lula’ exhibition at the Rock City Art gallery, which showcases the most influential singers and best female photographers of the past six decades.

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All are welcome and encouraged to attend from 7pm tonight.

RSVP to belgbt@mail.com or via twitter (@BeLGBT)/facebook (BeLGBT).

The group can also be contacted via their website where you can also find more information about BeLGBT.

For further details about the exhibition at Rock City Art gallery, please contact Mick on 07890 333 666 or visit http://www.RockCityArt.com

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