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Rainbow flag flies for the first time in East Renfrewshire

A rainbow flag has been raised at the council headquarters in East Renfrewshire for the first time in support of the area's LGBTI population.

Rainbow flag raising 2017

Members of the community, local councillors and staff attended the ceremony today (18 August), which was held to coincide with the Pride Glasgow celebrations this weekend.

who raised the flag, said: "Today for the first time we have joined other cities and towns around the world in acknowledging the positive stance taken against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. It is fantastic to see so much support here in East Renfrewshire and the rainbow flag will be flown each year to mark the occasion.
- Provost Jim Fletcher

Local LGBTI youth group members, Xian Parr, Lauren Young, Robbie McLaughlin and Athol Bond attended the ceremony and assisted the Provost in raising the flag.

The five bar flag shows the diverse spectrum within the LGBTI community, but also reflects the diverse spectrum of the wider community. This is an important occasion to acknowledge the commitment the council has in ensuring that everyone in the area is treated fairly, encouraged to contribute fully to the community and enabled to enjoy the benefits of belonging to the community.
- Paul O'Kane - Convener for Education and Equalities

The rainbow flag was raised following a new flag protocol being agreed by councillors earlier this year. This means there will now be five occasions when flags are flown at the council headquarters as part of national celebrations.

Commonwealth Day will be marked in March, Armed Forces Day in June, Pride Glasgow in August, Merchant Navy Day in September and Remembrance Day in November.  

If it is appropriate to fly a flag for another national or international event then this will be considered by the council in consultation with the Provost.

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