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Businesses urged to Raise your Rainbow for York Pride 2015

6th March 2015

For the third consecutive year, health and wellbeing provider Benenden will be main sponsor for York Pride, a charity promoting equality, diversity and advances in education within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community.

Under the banner of ‘Raise your Rainbow’, the 2015 York Pride is set to be the most visible and celebratory yet. This year’s event will see the historic city of York awash with rainbows to mark its progress as one of the UK’s most welcoming places for LGBT residents and visitors.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said, “We’ve been supporters of York Pride for the past two years and have been very impressed with the work they do to promote equality and inclusivity in the city. Benenden’s own mutual community has its foundations in the principles of equality and fairness and is proud to be open to everyone; this is why we’ve decided to continue as main sponsor for 2015.”

At a launch event on Thursday 5th March at York St John University, York Pride, Benenden, and City of York Council led a call for landmarks, shops, businesses and bars around the city to be decorated in rainbow colours and lighting for the period around this year’s Pride on Saturday 20th June. Key supporters - including York City FC Director, Sophie McGill - reinforced the importance of celebrating York as a diverse and forward-thinking city and asked businesses and organisations across the city to show their backing through rainbow flags and their own displays in rainbow colours.

Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride 2015, said “We are so proud of the progress being made here in York. With the help of Benenden, City of York Council and major organisations such as York City FC, together with many local businesses and schools, we are getting this message out that York is a place where you will find a warm welcome and can enjoy a happy life if you are lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual. In 2015 we want that to be apparent to everyone living in York or visiting the City, with the rainbow flag – the international symbol of LGBT Pride – all over York.”

The City of York Council will again fly the rainbow flag above the Mansion House for York Pride after first agreeing to the symbolic gesture in 2013. 

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