Posted: Tuesday 5th September 2017
Hertfordshire County Council was proud to support this year's Hertfordshire Pride event which took place on Saturday 2 September at Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead.
The event was a celebration of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community in Hertfordshire and offered something for all the family including a fun fair, entertainment and shopping, as well as food and drink.
Jim Mc Manus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We were delighted to support Pride in Herts again this year. The council is committed to supporting equality and inclusion throughout the county. We hope that everyone who attended enjoyed a fun, family day out celebrating Herts Pride."
Frances Horobin, a children’s practitioner from the council’s Adoption and Fostering Recruitment Team worked on the Foster and Adoption stall at the event. “We welcome potential LGBT adopters and foster carers to provide the loving stable homes that our children in care need and hope to increase the number of LGBT adopters and foster carers in the county. It was great to be involved with this fantastic event and fortunately the sun was shining.”
LGBT fire fighter Kevin Gutherson attended the event over the weekend with friends.
He said: “It is wonderful that Hertfordshire County Council recognises the benefits of a Pride event in our county and supports it. It helps with social cohesion and it brings together LGBT people from around the county and further afield.
“One of the issues many of our people face when coming out is a feeling of isolation and somehow being the odd one out, visible events such as Pride give reassurance to people on a difficult journey that they are not in fact alone in it.”
The council was represented on the day by Herts Fire and Rescue, Herts for Learning, the Registrars and Citizenship service, Fostering and Adoption and YC Hertfordshire. These services promoted the valuable work the council does in supporting members of the LGBT community, their family and friends.
Herts Health Improvement Service was hand to provide health MOT's and advice and support on how to stop smoking alongside Sexual Health Hertfordshire who offer free confidential STI testing and advice on contraception.
The HCC LGBT staff network is available with information and support for any HCC employee who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
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