An advocate for minority groups is appealing for people to speak up about their experiences as he aims to unite communities.
Defend Unity founder, Connor, from Three Rivers is encouraging people from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) groups to explain what it is like living in Croxley and the surrounding area.
Connor campaigns to eradicate hate in the area and says that having a better understanding will help him represent the areas minority groups.
He said: “I would like to get the opinions of those minority groups and ask them to open up.
“I have been discriminated against myself as a bi-sexual man but my experiences are different from those in other groups. If I can better understand different perspectives I can better argue position and points to hopefully improve life for LGBTQ and BAME groups.
“I have been involved in raising the rainbow flag in Watford and have just come away from a meeting with Watford Museum as they would like a shirt I took to Pride. I won’t give up and will keep going to represent minority groups.
“I’d like general feedback from people about how safe they feel in their own communities.
“I’d like to ask them how they feel about the range of services currently on offer to people from minority backgrounds; services from the council, health services and their quality of life in general.
“For years the minority communities in Hertfordshire have struggled with poor representation at all levels of government and society. Now we have the opportunity to right these wrongs, with supportive people in our local governments, local businesses and a rising number of minorities making Hertfordshire their home.”
To follow Connor’s activities, see @DefendUnity on Twitter or Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org