University flies the flag for equality and diversity at gay pride event

University flies the flag for equality and diversity at gay pride event

The University of Wolverhampton was the only educational establishment to have an official presence at both the Carnival Parade and the Fair at Birmingham Pride this year.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Birmingham Pride – the UK’s biggest two day gay pride event which attracts over 50,000 visitors to Birmingham City Centre – focused on a theme that covered ‘A Generation of Pride’.

For the second year running, administrative and faculty staff, current students and even a new student who starts a course in September this year, were proudly flying the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) flag on behalf of the University.

Holly Wielding, representing the University of Wolverhampton LGBT+ Student Society, said: "It was such an honour to represent the University of Wolverhampton at Birmingham Pride. The event was a great success and I hope the society will continue to be part of it!"

Dr Sammy C.H. Li, Chair of the University of Wolverhampton LGBT Staff Network, said:  “We are so proud that, for the second year running, the University had the biggest educational presence at this year’s event being involved in the parade as well as having a stand at the fair.

University of Wolverhampton is the only educational establishment to be present at Birmingham Pride parade and fair.

“I think this demonstrates our commitment as an organisation and our passion as individuals to celebrating diversity and LGBT equality in the West Midlands.”

Dr Emma Wedge, University Secretary, said: “Our involvement in Birmingham Pride is now a central fixture in our annual calendar and we’re all really proud – staff, students as well as stakeholders – to celebrate and support diversity at our University.

“We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone and we’re proud that our LGBT staff network and student society play an active role by proudly representing the University at such a high profile event.”

For more information about courses at the University of Wolverhampton, visit the next Open Day on Saturday 18th June 2016: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/open-day/

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Date Issued: 1st June 2016

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