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Celebrating Diversity Across Teesside


The PCC speaking to Middlesbrough Pride parpticipants about LGBT Hate Crime

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger is supporting an event which promises to be a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) culture in Teesside.

Middlesbrough Community Pride is taking place in Centre Square, Middlesbrough on Saturday 27th September, and will feature performances from X Factor’s Hannah Barrett and Kingsland Road, and La Voix from Britain’s Got Talent.

Together with live music, the event will also include a community parade, starting at 12 noon, and a range of family friendly activities and workshops.

Chairperson Danni Gibson said: “Middlesbrough Community Pride 2014 looks to be a fantastic day, with lots on offer for everyone. We want the whole community to come together, if you’re LGBT or not to celebrate diversity and freedom.”

The Commissioner has supported the event for the second year running with funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner Property Act Fund. He will be attending, together with members of his team, to promote the work being done across Cleveland to tackle hate crime and to obtain community views on what more the police and partner agencies can do to tackle hate across the region.

Barry Coppinger said: “It is unacceptable in the 21st century that some people can still be victimised simply for being who they are, and I am determined to ensure that hate crime and incidents across Cleveland are dealt with robustly.  Perpetrators should be left in no doubt that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour in our area.

“It is important that as a society we are tolerant of all people, regardless of differing views and lifestyles.  Events such as Community Pride, which bring all sectors of our community together in a celebration of culture and diversity, are fundamental to achieving this.

“Saturday promises to be an exciting and entertaining event and I would encourage anyone from the area to come along and take part.”

For more information visit www.middlesbroughcommunitypride.com


Posted on Wednesday 24th September 2014
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