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Raising the flag for Pride Month

Pride and Union flag flying outside the Forum

An LGBTQI+ inclusive Pride flag is now flying proudly above our offices in Hemel Hempstead. The flag, which will fly throughout June, marks the beginning of a month of national Pride celebrations. June is chosen as the month to celebrate Pride as it marks the anniversary of the Stonewall protests in New York City in 1969, a key turning point for LGBTQI+ rights around the world.

Our Chief Executive, Claire Hamilton, who was present at the raising of the flag on Tuesday (1 June 2021), said: "We are proud to kick off Pride Month with the raising of the flag at The Forum. Dacorum is a richly diverse borough and it’s important that we acknowledge and celebrate this. LGBTQI+ individuals and families contribute to making Dacorum the wonderful place that it is, and we would like to send our best wishes and thanks to those celebrating this month." 

This month we will also be launching our own LGBTQI+ Allies scheme, which aims to increase the visibility of our support for LGBTQI+ staff, reinforce inclusion and diversity training, and reassure employees that they can be unapologetically themselves at work without judgement. 

Some may notice that the Pride flag at The Forum looks a little different. This version of the flag, known as the Progress Pride Flag, was designed by American designer Daniel Quasar in 2018 and has been adopted by key LGBTQI+ organisations. The redesigned Pride flag aims to represent the entire LGBTQI+ community, including those who have historically felt excluded from the mainstream movement. The Progress Pride flag includes black and brown stripes to recognise the unique struggles faced by LGBTQI+ people of colour. The pink, white and blue stripes reference the Trans Pride flag. 

  • Chief Executive Claire Hamilton raises Pride flag outide the Forum in Hemel Hempstead