Merseyside Police will tonight (Thursday, 19 July) be lighting up its force Headquarters at Canning Place in the colours of the Trans flag to support the ‘Come out of the Shadows’ event, as part of Liverpool Pride 2018.
The ‘Come out of the Shadows’ initiative, which aims to showcase the region as an inclusive, diverse and tolerant destination, has been part funded from the Police Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund for the last three years.
This will be the third time that force Headquarters will be illuminated, this time in the colours of the Trans flag rather than rainbow colours, to show our support for the LGBTQI community, along with a host of iconic landmarks across Merseyside, such as St George's Hall, Liverpool Central Library, FACT, the Royal Court theatre, Everyman, Playhouse, Barclays Bank and all Local Authorities. All participating buildings will be illuminated until Thursday, 2nd August.
Chief Superintendent Rob Carden, silver commander for the event said: “We are incredibly proud to be participating in Liverpool Pride’s ‘Come Out of the Shadows’ campaign and are excited to have force Headquarters lit up for the third time. The initiative has been continually powerful in its message of unity and we encourage people to share pictures of the buildings on social media to spread the word.
“This is again a great opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this year’s Pride festival. It allows us to take a united stand against hate crime in our communities, whilst showing to our LGBTQI colleagues that we are inclusive, diverse and wish for a workplace where we can all be ourselves. As always, we are looking forward to policing Pride 2018 and showing the force’s support for the LGBTQI community.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am delighted to be supporting Pride’s ‘Come Out of the Shadows’ campaign again. This is an imaginative project which sends a strong message that Liverpool is a LGBT friendly city for both residents and visitors, and that here in Merseyside we celebrate tolerance, diversity and equality.
It is so important that we demonstrate that hate crime in any form will not be tolerated here, and I commend the work of initiatives like this for the invaluable work they do in raising awareness of hate crime.”
The theme of this year's Liverpool Pride is ‘All together now’ and the main event will take place on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 July in Tithebarn Street, Liverpool City Centre. The events can be followed on twitter using the hashtag #AllTogetherNow.