The rainbow LGBT+ flag has been raised outside Watford town hall to mark the beginning of Pride Month.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, Deputy Mayor Aga Dychton and Chairman of Watford Borough Council Amanda Grimston attended the ceremony, along with local LGBT+ activists Clive Duffey and Tyson Martin.
The Mayor also informed Mr Duffey and Mr Martin that they had both been nominated as some of the ‘100 people who had made Watford’ by the community.
Clive was awarded for his work on the ‘Ask for Clive’ scheme, an initiative which provides a way for people to go to welcome spaces with a zero-tolerance attitude to discrimination.
Tyson was awarded for his LGBT+ activism and for creating ‘Herts Pride’, the county’s largest LGBT+ festival, which has been going on for 10 years.
Mayor Taylor said: “Despite the progress that has been made for the LGBT+ community, there is still more we can do. Pride is a time to raise awareness of these issues and how we can come together to solve them.
“I am proud to honour individuals like Clive and Tyson and their tireless work over the years towards inclusivity and equality. They really have contributed to improving Watford, not just the LGBT+ community, but for all of us.”
Tyson Martin said: “It was an honour attending the raising of the Pride flag at Watford Town Hall today and a real surprise finding out that I have been selected as 1 of the ‘100 people who made Watford’, this means so much to me especially as I am a Watfordian, and I wish to thank those people who have nominated me.
“Though June is Pride month, Herts Pride is held in August and this year our theme this year is #LoveWins. Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love.”