Merseyside Police is taking part in Come Out of the Shadows initiative – the force headquarters at Canning Place, will be one of 17 iconic buildings and sites across Merseyside lit up in rainbow colours as part of Liverpool Pride 2016.

Come Out of the Shadows is a new three-year initiative spanning the Liverpool City Region, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and will run for the duration of the festival between 23 and 31 July.

Silver Commander for this year’s Pride festival, Superintendent Jenny Sims said: “Liverpool Pride invited us to join the “Come Out of the Shadows” campaign and we’re proud police headquarters is going to be one of the region’s iconic buildings, to be lit up in rainbow colours as part of this year’s event.

“This is again an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this year’s Pride festival, which celebrates diversity and takes a united stand against hate crime in our communities. Whilst showing to our LGBT colleagues that we are inclusive, diverse and wish for a workplace where we can all be ourselves.”

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy said: “I’m thrilled to support Liverpool Pride’s Come Out of the Shadows campaign. By lighting Liverpool’s most recognisable buildings with the colours of the iconic LGBT rainbow flag, we will send out a powerful message that Liverpool is diverse, Liverpool is tolerant and Liverpool supports our LGBT community.

“This is again an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this year’s Pride festival, which celebrates diversity and takes a united stand against hate crime in our communities.”

“This message will shine out, not only to the residents of this fantastic city but everybody that visits here for work or for leisure. In a world where homosexuality is still illegal in more than 75 countries and many gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people live with oppression every day,

this campaign will send a message of hope and of solidarity to people across the country and around the world.

“I can’t wait to see many of Merseyside’s iconic and prominent buildings illuminated in the rainbow flag and I encourage other organisations to show their support by lighting up too.”

 

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