Siobhan Fahey from the group said:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in South Ayrshire can see the rainbow flag flying proudly from the Council HQ this month for the first time.
The flag is being flown throughout LGBT History Month for the first time, after a motion was proposed by Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield and passed by the local authority, and is being seen as an act of unity, bringing the community together to mark the contribution of LGBT people.
Speaking to the Ayrshire Daily News, Cllr Brennan-Whitefield, Chair of the Equality & Diversity Forum, said:
“LGBT History Month presents us with an opportunity to learn more about the issues faced by minority groups in our communities. The Council is actively engaging in this process with our youth work team achieving a LGBT Silver Charter Mark Award recently.”
“We want to encourage debate and tackle specific LGBT-related issued. Bullying based on sexual identity or orientation still goes on, especially among our young people – this must end. Everyone should be treated fairly no matter their background or identity and this is a message we will be highlighting with the help of our partners throughout February and beyond.”
The local community group ‘Ayrshire LGBTQ’ have welcomed the move and representatives were at a special reception on 1st February to mark the raising of the flag above the Council buildings.
“The flying of the rainbow flag from the County Buildings represents a significant display of unity and support from our local authority. This public display of support can help many people struggling with their own sexual orientation or gender identity see that they have support from the wider local community. This in turn can have a huge impact on their personal experiences and general wellbeing.”
The group have recently launched a rebrand, with a fresh new logo, and they’re actively participating in LGBT History Month with an appeal to locals to share pictures of them in their younger years, along the theme “When We Were Young”.