Virtual Pride event to take place through social media this weekend

Public events may be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but as a no place for hate borough, the show must go on when it comes to celebrating diversity.

This Sunday (12 July) St Helens Borough will mark its second Pride event – a celebration and call for equality for the LGBTQ+ community – by holding a virtual event through social media.

The event is supported by St Helens Borough Council’s #BetterThanThat campaign, which encourages people to make a simple online promise to support and promote equality, and will feature song and dance performances by MD Creative Academy.

Meanwhile, the Pride flag will be flown above St Helens Town Hall throughout the day, and on the evening the Steve Prescott Bridge will be lit in the rainbow colours, widely known as a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community.

A spokesperson for St Helens Borough Council said “Pride can’t physically come to St Helens this year, I am pleased to see we will be celebrating anyway, even a pandemic won’t stop the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

“In our borough, our community won’t tolerate hateful behaviour, homophobia, transphobia and bigoted ideals.

“We stand together as a community to say that #loveislove and St Helens is #NoPlaceForHate.”

St Helens Pride will get underway at 11am and will be available to watch through What’s On St Helens’ Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

Why not show your support to St Helens Pride by downloading and colouring in a poster which can be displayed in your window? Download it here.

For further information about hate crime and the #BetterThanThat movement visit: www.safer.sthelens.gov.uk/crime-types/hate-crime/

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