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A Rainbow over Blackpool Tower to mark LGBT history month

LGBT History Month Living Library

Blackpool is celebrating LGBT History Month this February by flying the rainbow flag over its most famous landmark. The illuminated heart on the front of Blackpool Tower will also shine in rainbow colours throughout the  month to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month.

 Cllr John Jones, who is responsible for diversity and equality at Blackpool Council, said:

I’m proud that Blackpool is a welcoming and tolerant town for all. For many years now this Council has supported LGBT History Month and worked to create a society whereby people are not typecast by their sexuality. I’m delighted that, yet again, we have secured a national landmark to broadcast this important message and am sure that this will give extra recognition to such an important issue.

As well as turning the Tower rainbow, there will also be a series of events to mark the month which are being run by Blackpool Council, Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde LGBT Forum and Renaissance at Drugline, and a rainbow flag will fly at the Town Hall throughout February.

LGBT History Month Living Library
LGBT History Month Living Library

There will be a local history display which is touring the Fylde coast, starting at Blackpool Central Library on Saturday 1st February.  On selected dates, the display will be complemented by special “Living Library” events where local historians can help guide visitors through a display all about the Fylde coast’s LGBT heritage.

And for those with a particular interest in the history of Blackpool are bound to be excited by an LGBT History Month tour of the Winter Gardens.

Taking place on February 13 at 6.30pm this tour will take you behind the scenes at the historic Grade II listed venue to discover fascinating stories from days gone by.

For more information about LGBT History Month visit the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde LGBT Forum Facebook page. 

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