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Police flying flag for gay rights

North Wales police officers with the rainbow flag
North Wales police officers with the rainbow flag

A rainbow flag has been hoisted outside a police headquarters to mark a month-long event celebrating gay rights.

North Wales Police staff will be attending a series of activities as part of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual history month.

The ceremony, held at North Wales Police's headquarters in Colwyn Bay, was organised by the Gay Police Association (GPA) North Wales.

Gay rights organisation Stonewall Cymru are among those supporting the events.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Shannon said: "I hope that this event sends out a clear message as we continue to strive for inclusivity and equality."

Jenny Porter from Stonewall Cymru said the event was a sign to lesbian, gay and bisexual people in north Wales that the police had changed.

"It is encouraging that people have confidence in the police to report homophobic hate crime," she said.

"The flag signifies that we are celebrating the fact that the world is full of people with differing sexual orientations and that everyone should be treated equally and with respect."

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