WILTSHIRE councillors have raised the rainbow flag to show unity with the LGBT+ community outside Trowbridge’s County Hall this morning to mark the start of LGBT+ History Month in February.

The event was led by Cllr Allison Bucknell, cabinet member for communications, communities, leisure and libraries.

Addressing the crowd, Cllr Bucknell said: “It’s a very important part of our year and we need to demonstrate to the world and Wiltshire that we’re an inclusive council.

“We’re working hard to make sure it’s a good place for everyone to work.

“We particularly value people who bring that diversity to the authority.”

Representatives of the council and members of Trowbridge’s LGBT+ community and Pride organisation also attended the event.

After the ceremony, attendees heard from the chairman of Wiltshire’s LGBT Network, David Payne and the Trowbridge Pride organisation.

Luke Parker, chairman of Trowbridge Pride, welcomed the support, saying: “It is very important to show that the community and the council are supportive to the LGBT+ community in every way.

“Not just being an inclusive workplace but showing everyone it’s safe to be who they are in Trowbridge.”

LGBT+ History Month celebrates the achievements and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans in the UK every February.