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Liverpool City Council's on the march…with Pride

Steps ahead: Liverpool City Council's rainbow steps at Clayton Square.

LIVERPOOL City Council has brought colour to the steps to show its support for this weekend's Pride march through the City Centre. Images of the steps have already been viewed more than a quarter of a million times on the Council's social media channels and are proving to be a popular talking point both in Liverpool and beyond. City Council staff members will be stepping out in style, on this Saturday, 27 July 2019, to support Liverpool's annual March with Pride. The annual march is organised the LCR Pride Foundation and is a show of solidarity for Liverpool and Merseyside's LGBTQ+ communities. And this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever with a record breaking 10,000 people expected to take to the streets. In 2018 a delegation from Liverpool City Council joined the march for the 1st time. This year it is anticipated that more than 100 members of staff from all departments will take part. In preparation for the big day, pride flags have been flying from Council buildings, including:- The Cunard and Town Hall, all week.  #TeamLCC consists of staff members from sports centres, Adult Services, Children and Young People's Services, Housing Options, ICT and the Mayor's Office and more. Pride in Liverpool has been designed to be as close as possible to the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer in 2008. Michael was just 18 years old when he suffered a brutal, homophobic attack in the City. For full information on events taking place over Pride in Liverpool weekend, visit:- LCRPride.Co.UK.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Peter Brennan said:- "The flag is flying above the town hall and we are all looking forward to Saturday. In fact we can't wait! Once again, Liverpool is going to be the place to be this weekend and we are ready to show the world that Liverpool stands up to prejudice and is all about equality and love."

Staff member Stefan Price, who works for Marketing Liverpool, and volunteers for the LCR Pride Foundation, said:- "Pride in Liverpool is 1 of Europe's largest free Pride festivals, with over 200 volunteers coming together to make sure that the City can shout loud and proud. We couldn't put it without the support of partners across the City, including the City Council. It's great to have so many organisations doing their bit to help make Pride 2019 a great event."

City Council Careline Customer Advisor Jay O'Keeffe, who sits on the Council's Equality and Diversity panel added:- "It's amazing to be part of Pride in Liverpool and I am proud that the City Council is taking such an active role in this year's celebrations. I would urge as many people to come along on Saturday and support equality and diversity and Liverpool's LGBT community."

Andi Herring and John Bird, Co-Founders of LCR Pride Foundation, added:- "The unveiling of the rainbow steps in the City Centre just ahead of the city's annual 'March with Pride' and annual Pride festival is a brilliant way to start what promises to be a fantastic weekend. LCR Pride Foundation is committed to working with like-minded organisations across the City Region to ensure that we achieve our vision of making the Liverpool City Region the most LGBTQ+ friendly in the UK and collaborating with partners like Liverpool City Council is key to this."

Siemens Mobility unveils diversity pedestrian traffic signals for Pride in Liverpool

TO help celebrate this year's Pride in Liverpool and the 50th Anniversary of the modern LGBT+ rights movement, Siemens Mobility has replaced some of the green traffic signals along the parade route with a range of diversity images.

4 special designs have been created to represent different and diverse relationships, using the widely recognised gender symbols. Inspired by a similar set of traffic signals that was produced for London Pride, and subsequently adopted by other Pride festivals, these unique signals were produced by Siemens Mobility to help demonstrate Liverpool's support for LGBT+ diversity.

Siemens Mobility has changed 18 of the traditional green signals to different diversity symbols, with these remaining in place for the duration of the 3 day festival. The signals being changed can be seen at:- Tithebarn Street / Pall Mall and Tithebarn Street / Vauxhall Road.

Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility's Intelligent Traffic Systems business in the UK said:- "Diversity and inclusivity is very important to us and our employees, and this is a great example of a simple idea having a major impact. It is 1 that was 1st introduced in London in 2016 and since then has gone from strength to strength. For the 2019 celebrations, we've worked with local authorities in 6 cities UK wide to ensure more diversity symbols are on display than ever before to help raise awareness of LGBT+ issues. We are proud to show our support for Pride in Liverpool in a fun and engaging way by working with Liverpool City Council to use the new symbols, located on traffic controls, in the City."

Siemens Mobility has installed the new traffic signals in Liverpool at its own cost.

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