As part of Herts Pride, Hertfordshire’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, Hertsmere is playing its part by celebrating and sending its own message of support.
A Pride Progress flag was raised outside the Civic Offices on Wednesday, August 11 by Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Hertsmere Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health. Also in attendance were Councillor Rebecca Challice representing the Labour group, Executive Director Peter Geraghty and Sergeant Noel Buckley and colleagues from Hertsmere’s Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Pride Progress is an updated version of the rainbow Pride flag, which better represents diverse communities. Pride flags are also being raised in Aberford Park in Borehamwood, Parkfields and Oakmere Park in Potters Bar and King George Recreation Ground in Bushey.
Herts Pride will take place at Cassiobury Park, Watford today, August 14 and includes stalls, a funfair, live entertainment and the Herts Pride Dog Show.
Councillor Sachdev said: “The Pride Progress flags will be flying outside our Civic Offices and in parks across the borough all the rest of this week in celebration of the borough’s LGBTQ+ communities.
“Herts Pride is about celebrating diversity and inclusion and taking pride in who we are as a community. Here in Hertsmere, we live in a wonderfully diverse and vibrant part of the county, where the rights of all people to live their lives are respected and enjoyed.
“I’m so delighted that this year Herts Pride, Hertfordshire’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration will be able to go ahead and I hope as many people as possible can enjoy it safely and respectfully.”
Sergeant Noel Buckley, from the Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It was a pleasure to attend today’s event and give our support to the local LGBTQ+ community. We are committed to making sure that Hertsmere and the wider county is safe for all our diverse communities and we work hard with our local partners to achieve this.
For more information about the Herts Pride event and how it aims to support LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, visit www.hertspride.org