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Fire Service set to join virtual pride celebrations

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is a regular guest at Essex Pride and this year, is set to join in with virtual celebrations.

This year, Essex Pride will continue in a different way with a special YouTube broadcast on Saturday 20 June.

ECFRS staff have sent across messages of support to its LGBTQ+ colleagues and communities to wish them a happy pride and is set to tune in on the day.

Matt Hill, Chair of BEING, the Service’s LGBTQ+ support group said: “We're gutted that we can't celebrate together in person this year but we'll be celebrating virtually alongside our communities. We've shared our messages of support to Essex Pride attendees and look forward to meeting again in person in the future."

The 16th annual Essex Pride digital event will feature exclusive performances, special guests, messages and interviews. It will also be recognising the Stonewall Riots

Garry Ormes, Chair of Essex Pride explains: “We couldn’t let something as important as Essex Pride pass by without recognition. The Pride movement has been hugely significant in bringing equality for the LGBT+ community, helping to bring about changes in society and law.

“By celebrating pride, we remember those who have campaigned and championed for the LGBT+ community, and it is also important that we continue to spread the message of acceptance, regardless of someone’s sexual orientation, gender, or race.

“This year's virtual Essex Pride has received support and online contributions from many organisations, charities, and services that normally attend the event, that was due to take place in Central Park in Chelmsford.”

Find out more about the Essex Pride digital event at www.essexpride.org

BEING is one of many staff support networks in the Service and aims to support ECFRS employees through peer support, mentoring and social networking to help create an LGBTQ+ friendly working environment.

It also aims to increase an understanding of LGBTQ+ issues within ECFRS, raise awareness of LGBTQ+ events and visibly show support to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and celebrates the diversity of its staff. If you would like to join Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


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