It’s Christmas Eve here in LGBT+ Colchester. Tomorrow, as a community, we must show our UNITY.

Colchester Borough Council have quite rightly agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag. Cllr Mark Cory, an openly gay man, is in full support of this weekends Colchester has Pride event, stating that he hopes to bring many events of diversity and culture to the town. Of course, it is hoped that CBC may fully endorse next year’s planned event by sponsorship.

FirstSite open their doors tomorrow at 11am, where a family-friendly day of events and performances are planned as a day of celebration and education produced by a small group of volunteers who dedicated their time and experience to bring Pride to Colchester.

The Rainbow Flag, also known as the LGBT+ flag, was originally designed by San Francisco designer and artist Gilbert Baker. It was first used in the 1978 Gay Pride parade whilst Judy Garlands Over The Rainbow played. The flag and all its colours symbolise diversity and hopes to represent anyone identifying as LGBTQIAPP+, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Inquisitive, Asexual, Pansexual and Polygamist.

The event has, as expected, brought out dissent from the usual online trolls, with many comments being deleted as homophobic or unacceptable. This is why we hold Pride events, the length and breadth of the country, celebrating our charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

The fight against stigma and discrimination is still very real. And until we have equal rights for all, we shall not be silenced.

Peter Greening.

Events commenced at FirstSite at 11am.

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