Posted: Thu 29th Jun 2023

Pride event planned in Gwent to celebrate LGBTQ+ community

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 29th, 2023

A pride event to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in a Gwent borough could take place either this year or next, councillors have been told. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Officers from Torfaen Borough Council’s equalities team have meet with people interested in staging an event, according to Cllr Peter Jones, who is the Labour council’s cabinet member for equalities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He told the full council’s June meeting: “Officers from the equalities team have met with community members to discuss the possibility of a Pride event either this year or next.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said Caerphilly will be hosting a Pride event and there is also likely to be an event in Newport, which he would share details of with all councillors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Cwmbran Two Locks councillor said: “I hope I can reassure members the council is committed to Pride.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ahead of the meeting the independent councillor for Abersychan, Giles Davies, had stated on Twitter that he planned to call for a debate in council to support a Pride Event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said he had missed a deadline for proposing a notice to the council but had put in in for July’s meeting. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The wording shared by Cllr Davies called for the council to “support an LBGTQ+ Pride Event for Torfaen” and also said council should note the imporance of celebrating diversity and the challenges the community has faced and should “work towards creating a more inclusive society for all.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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