Welsh police force flies Pride flag

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

A second UK police force has marked LGBT History Month by flying the gay Pride flag at its headquarters.

South Wales Police were named the most gay-friendly employer in Wales by gay equality organisation Stonewall earlier this year.

The police force came 17th in the list of 100 top British businesses for gay people to work in.

The Pride Flag is flying at police headquarters in Bridgend.

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Vaughan said:

“As part of our commitment to all our diverse communities, we are proud to fly the international gay Pride Flag this month, with its rainbow motif which is a sign of diversity, peace and inclusiveness.

“The flag has been flying throughout the whole of February and demonstrates our continuous pledge to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community that we will not tolerate homophobic hate crime.”

Last year the public reported 254 homophobic-related incidents to South Wales Police.

DCC Vaughan continued, “We want the people of south Wales to live in an environment that is free from direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation in the form of homophobia.”

LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

Earlier this month Lothian and Borders Police flew the rainbow flag at their Edinburgh headquarters.

Check the LGBT History Month website for further details.