The Scottish parliament flew the internationally recognised symbol of LGBT pride outside its Parliament. Small English town votes it down.

The Pride Flag flies outside the Scottish Parliament during the Opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament. 02 July 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
The Pride Flag flies outside the Scottish Parliament during the Opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament. 02 July 2016. Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

 

The rainbow Pride flag flew over Holyrood on Saturday as the Scottish parliament began its fifth term.

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During her address SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon recognised the importance of showing solidarity with the LGBT+ community saying,

“A few weeks ago, all of Scotland – including leaders from across this Chamber – stood in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre.

“And, today, we fly the Rainbow flag outside our parliament. We do so with poignancy, but also with great pride – it is yet another vivid illustration and powerful symbol of the open and inclusive nation we are.”

In contrast Abingdon in England near Oxford, had a vote by the town’s council to decide whether the pride flag could be flown during Pride 2017. It was voted against seven to six.

A petition to the Abingdon Town Councilhas been launched asking them to fly the flag in Abington. Over a thousand people have already signed the petition.

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A spokesperson for Oxford Pride commented,

“It’s important to show the community that their town supports them regardless of sexuality and gender, unfortunately some of Abingdon Town Council don’t agree!”

“For the Town Council to refuse this emblem of inclusion and acceptance, indicates that there are some still in control who do not wish such virtues to be part of an English town.”

THEGAYUK reached out to the council leader Mr. Badcock for comment.