12 July 2019

The Mayor of Southend, Councillor John Lamb, raised the rainbow flag outside the Civic Centre this morning in recognition of the start of the weeklong Southend Pride celebrations. The iconic rainbow flag has been emblematic of the LGBT Pride movement since the late 70s.

Cllr Lamb said: “This year is 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York – a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT+ community against police raids which are widely thought to be the inception of the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights.

“It is a real honour as Mayor to have the honour of raising the flag in Southend, in recognition of all those who have fought for an equal place in our community.Southend is an open and welcome place where you are free to be yourself and love whomever you love. I hope many people will take the opportunity to visit Southend over the next week to stand in solidarity with our local LGBT community and have a great time at the varied calendar of events.”

Southend Pride co-chair, Dan Turpin, said: “Last year we resurrected Pride in Southend for the first time in 15 years and it beat all expectations, with over 750 attending the march and over 4,500 attending the festival at Warrior Square.

“This year, we’re coming back bigger and better, with music, comedy, poetry to suit all tastes, culminating in the Pride march, festival and after-party on Saturday 20 June.”

To find out more about Southend Pride week and the great events going on click here