Town hall flies flag for gay rights

The flag

Pictured after raising the are Joshua Hall of the Terance Higgins Trust, and Halt (Homophobic Awareness Liaison Team); Sgt Parker; Oxford City Council equality adviser, Melanie

First published in News

POLICE and Oxford City Council staff raised the ‘rainbow flag’ at Oxford Town Hall today to show their dedication to gay rights.

The flag, an international symbol of gay, lesbian and transgender pride, was also flown at Oxford police station, Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington and at other police stations throughout the region, to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “Showing respect for diversity is essential to delivering a high quality police service. We all have a duty to eliminate discrimination and promote good relations with our communities and colleagues.”

Sgt Felicity Parker added: “Thames Valley Police is committed to tackling discrimination and equality and making sure people feel we are approachable.”

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of homosexuality being removed from a list of ‘mental disorders’ by the World Health Organisation.

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7:29pm Mon 17 May 10

w!lliam windsor says...

So when will National Heterosexual Week be held or any other ridiculous ideas anybody else can come up with ?

This is political correctness gone 'mental' or am I not allowed to say that now ?
So when will National Heterosexual Week be held or any other ridiculous ideas anybody else can come up with ? This is political correctness gone 'mental' or am I not allowed to say that now ? w!lliam windsor
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7:58pm Mon 17 May 10

Tinman2004 says...

What is this country coming too??
What is this country coming too?? Tinman2004
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8:25pm Mon 17 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

Is it true that PCSO's will be wearing pink tutus this summer? Wha-hey!! Bring it on!!
Is it true that PCSO's will be wearing pink tutus this summer? Wha-hey!! Bring it on!! Lord Palmerstone
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9:48am Tue 18 May 10

Sid Hunt says...

"Town hall flies flag for gay rights" What rights do homosexuals have above those of heterosexuals? Do they get tax breaks, reduced VAT, preferential parking?
"Town hall flies flag for gay rights" What rights do homosexuals have above those of heterosexuals? Do they get tax breaks, reduced VAT, preferential parking? Sid Hunt
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1:24pm Tue 18 May 10

S-Oxon-opinion says...

The comments associated with this story are ridiculous.
PCSO's wearing pink Tutus, how pathetic.
As for homosexuals having tax breaks, reduced VAT or preferential parking that is totally crazy.
Hetrosexual couples are set for a marriage tax benefit, Homosexuals do not get any such benefits.
Flying the flag is merely a demonstration of the police and councils commitment to stamping out homophobia!! What is wrong with that?
LGBT individuals suffered for years at the hands of homophobic individuals and now is the time to say no to such discrimination. I dont see anybody commenting on stories involving Disabled individuals so why are you all so quick to jump in and comment about the LGBT population.
Any form of discrimination is unacceptable, whether it be towards asian, black, gays, straights or disabled people is outrageous. We are all human and all have a right to live a discrimination free life.
The comments associated with this story are ridiculous. PCSO's wearing pink Tutus, how pathetic. As for homosexuals having tax breaks, reduced VAT or preferential parking that is totally crazy. Hetrosexual couples are set for a marriage tax benefit, Homosexuals do not get any such benefits. Flying the flag is merely a demonstration of the police and councils commitment to stamping out homophobia!! What is wrong with that? LGBT individuals suffered for years at the hands of homophobic individuals and now is the time to say no to such discrimination. I dont see anybody commenting on stories involving Disabled individuals so why are you all so quick to jump in and comment about the LGBT population. Any form of discrimination is unacceptable, whether it be towards asian, black, gays, straights or disabled people is outrageous. We are all human and all have a right to live a discrimination free life. S-Oxon-opinion
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3:49pm Tue 18 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

Sockson-no tutus? Boo!
Plus it was only LGT, no B's. Discrimination against B's. Boo!
In passing, how does anyone know when to do "transphobia"? If the cutters have done a good job, it'd only be if the subject forgets and goes to the wrong toilet.
But I suppose most important of all, this rubbish is just dreamed up to make stupid town hall clerks feel important. Stop worrying about "discrimination"; start reopening the public loos. In happier times councillors knew that's what they were elected for, not to show off.
Sockson-no tutus? Boo! Plus it was only LGT, no B's. Discrimination against B's. Boo! In passing, how does anyone know when to do "transphobia"? If the cutters have done a good job, it'd only be if the subject forgets and goes to the wrong toilet. But I suppose most important of all, this rubbish is just dreamed up to make stupid town hall clerks feel important. Stop worrying about "discrimination"; start reopening the public loos. In happier times councillors knew that's what they were elected for, not to show off. Lord Palmerstone
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5:23pm Tue 18 May 10

Sid Hunt says...

S-oxo, do you not recognise a question? If "We are all human and all have a right to live a discrimination free life." is true why is homosexuality continually paraded as something which has 'rights', where are the campaigns for the equivalent non-homosexual rights? I can not remember a flag ever being flown for "disabled individuals". Categorising people into groups is an act of discrimination and divisiveness itself. Time to stop all this 'I'm different so treat me the same but remember I'm different' and creating these 'sections' of society that do not need inventing.
S-oxo, do you not recognise a question? If "We are all human and all have a right to live a discrimination free life." is true why is homosexuality continually paraded as something which has 'rights', where are the campaigns for the equivalent non-homosexual rights? I can not remember a flag ever being flown for "disabled individuals". Categorising people into groups is an act of discrimination and divisiveness itself. Time to stop all this 'I'm different so treat me the same but remember I'm different' and creating these 'sections' of society that do not need inventing. Sid Hunt
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10:08pm Tue 18 May 10

Scaramuccia says...

S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ?
S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ? Scaramuccia
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11:27am Wed 19 May 10

Sid Hunt says...

Scaramucca, what an amusing, sophisticated riposte. Perhaps if you laid off the sauce you might be able to compose a comprehensible entry. What shall we campaign for next - left-handed people, those with curly hair or ginger freckles. While people like you exist insisting on categorising others we will never be free of discrimination - that is genuine irony.
Scaramucca, what an amusing, sophisticated riposte. Perhaps if you laid off the sauce you might be able to compose a comprehensible entry. What shall we campaign for next - left-handed people, those with curly hair or ginger freckles. While people like you exist insisting on categorising others we will never be free of discrimination - that is genuine irony. Sid Hunt
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3:12pm Wed 19 May 10

Scaramuccia says...

Hunt Dear old thing, you clearly have no idea how societies evolve and how prejudices are broken down over time - you need action in legislation to change behaviour then need to continue to spread the message until it becomes embedded and soicaly unacceptable to refer to such difference in any discriminatory or degrogatory manner. THEN, and only then, can can ignore the difference truly - it is clearly NOT embedded yet in the small minds of many idiots in this country. Yes it is somehwat paradoxical that to overcome prejudice aginst difference we have to emphasise that very difference in such campaigns. Most sensible educated and open minded people can see the difference between short and long term objectives and interventions. You, my dear chap clearly fall outwith this category but I have to say I cannot fault your spelling - is mine OK this time ? not that I am particularly bothered
Hunt Dear old thing, you clearly have no idea how societies evolve and how prejudices are broken down over time - you need action in legislation to change behaviour then need to continue to spread the message until it becomes embedded and soicaly unacceptable to refer to such difference in any discriminatory or degrogatory manner. THEN, and only then, can can ignore the difference truly - it is clearly NOT embedded yet in the small minds of many idiots in this country. Yes it is somehwat paradoxical that to overcome prejudice aginst difference we have to emphasise that very difference in such campaigns. Most sensible educated and open minded people can see the difference between short and long term objectives and interventions. You, my dear chap clearly fall outwith this category but I have to say I cannot fault your spelling - is mine OK this time ? not that I am particularly bothered Scaramuccia
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3:55pm Wed 19 May 10

Spawn Of Mcvey says...

Scaramuccia wrote:
S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ?
Here Here scarface, I didn't bother to read it but I am sure that it is right as you usually are.
[quote][p][bold]Scaramuccia[/bold] wrote: S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ?[/p][/quote]Here Here scarface, I didn't bother to read it but I am sure that it is right as you usually are. Spawn Of Mcvey
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3:58pm Wed 19 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

"you need action in legislation to change behaviour"
Yes, the Third Reich went in for a bit of that didn't it?
Your thesis is that most sensible educated and open minded people" i.e we A's and B's, must imposeour will on the not-sensible, ill educated and closed-minded (in the view of us A's and B's) people-the D (i)'s and D(ii)'s That's called benevolent fascism and like its unqualified, perhaps more unattractive cousin , is a bankrupt notion.If our inferiors behave like beasts by attacking homosexuals there has been a criminal law in place for hundreds of years to deal with it.
"you need action in legislation to change behaviour" Yes, the Third Reich went in for a bit of that didn't it? Your thesis is that most sensible educated and open minded people" i.e we A's and B's, must imposeour will on the not-sensible, ill educated and closed-minded (in the view of us A's and B's) people-the D (i)'s and D(ii)'s That's called benevolent fascism and like its unqualified, perhaps more unattractive cousin , is a bankrupt notion.If our inferiors behave like beasts by attacking homosexuals there has been a criminal law in place for hundreds of years to deal with it. Lord Palmerstone
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3:59pm Wed 19 May 10

Spawn Of Mcvey says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Sockson-no tutus? Boo! Plus it was only LGT, no B's. Discrimination against B's. Boo! In passing, how does anyone know when to do "transphobia"? If the cutters have done a good job, it'd only be if the subject forgets and goes to the wrong toilet. But I suppose most important of all, this rubbish is just dreamed up to make stupid town hall clerks feel important. Stop worrying about "discrimination"; start reopening the public loos. In happier times councillors knew that's what they were elected for, not to show off.
They seem to forget that they are civil servents, and work for us. As opposed to thinking that they are god, and as such have the right to dictate to us what we must do, and think, whilst treating our Council Tax as if it is Monopoly Money.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: Sockson-no tutus? Boo! Plus it was only LGT, no B's. Discrimination against B's. Boo! In passing, how does anyone know when to do "transphobia"? If the cutters have done a good job, it'd only be if the subject forgets and goes to the wrong toilet. But I suppose most important of all, this rubbish is just dreamed up to make stupid town hall clerks feel important. Stop worrying about "discrimination"; start reopening the public loos. In happier times councillors knew that's what they were elected for, not to show off.[/p][/quote]They seem to forget that they are civil servents, and work for us. As opposed to thinking that they are god, and as such have the right to dictate to us what we must do, and think, whilst treating our Council Tax as if it is Monopoly Money. Spawn Of Mcvey
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6:51pm Wed 19 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

Spawn,we are becoming a duet. But they don't play so fast and lose with our dosh-or our IOU's rather-at the St Aldates Kremlin as did the Auld Pretenders in the last few months before May the 6th, as it turns out, from Civil Service sources....
Spawn,we are becoming a duet. But they don't play so fast and lose with our dosh-or our IOU's rather-at the St Aldates Kremlin as did the Auld Pretenders in the last few months before May the 6th, as it turns out, from Civil Service sources.... Lord Palmerstone
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7:07pm Wed 19 May 10

Isisbridge says...

It's right not to discriminate against people because of their differences, but why should there be "pride" about it? They don't fly a flag for schizophrenics.
It's right not to discriminate against people because of their differences, but why should there be "pride" about it? They don't fly a flag for schizophrenics. Isisbridge
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8:39pm Wed 19 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

Isisbridge wrote:
It's right not to discriminate against people because of their differences, but why should there be "pride" about it? They don't fly a flag for schizophrenics.
I thought they flew 2 flags.
[quote][p][bold]Isisbridge[/bold] wrote: It's right not to discriminate against people because of their differences, but why should there be "pride" about it? They don't fly a flag for schizophrenics.[/p][/quote]I thought they flew 2 flags. Lord Palmerstone
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6:10am Sat 22 May 10

Petrol Head says...

Scaramuccia wrote:
S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ?
No scary-guy. It is precisely why there IS anti-homosexual feeling. I have never seen a flag raised for straight men, or white English footballers, or Red Meat Eaters, so what is this all about. Probably a build up to Mazz Image being made the patron saint of Oxford. Captcha PART-MISS, they most certainly are.
[quote][p][bold]Scaramuccia[/bold] wrote: S-Oxon - as usual the idiots in here fail to see the irony of some of their commetns - it is precilely because of such small minded bigotry and anti-gay sentimetns that the poiuce and councile NEED to fly the flag at all. I hope one day before I die ther is no need for any minority group to still have campaign for equality - but alas I fear with nutters like this around I am not holding out much hope. Mr Hunt (good job my C key is not near the H as I might have had a freudian slip of the typing finger) are you bereft of all sense ? We have campaigns for gay rights becasue discrimination and homophobia exist still on a large scale in the UK - when I last looked we donlt have any anti heterosexual discrimination - I don't see gangs of homosexuals going around beating up straight guys - do you ?[/p][/quote]No scary-guy. It is precisely why there IS anti-homosexual feeling. I have never seen a flag raised for straight men, or white English footballers, or Red Meat Eaters, so what is this all about. Probably a build up to Mazz Image being made the patron saint of Oxford. Captcha PART-MISS, they most certainly are. Petrol Head
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8:46am Sat 22 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

"(Homophobic Awareness Liaison Team)"
So when you see an abandoned scrappage car with a "police aware" sign on it is that what it's about? I think you can be aware of a car but not of a collection of 10 vowels and consonants with no meaning whatsoever. Does the police, whose Chief Constable now answers the phone , have a Yabadabadoo Awareness Team?
"(Homophobic Awareness Liaison Team)" So when you see an abandoned scrappage car with a "police aware" sign on it is that what it's about? I think you can be aware of a car but not of a collection of 10 vowels and consonants with no meaning whatsoever. Does the police, whose Chief Constable now answers the phone , have a Yabadabadoo Awareness Team? Lord Palmerstone
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8:51am Sat 22 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

And Scara-I know you've not been able to make it to the keyboard because in the immortal words of Jeannie C Riley, you stayed too long at Kelly's Bar again, but when you recover do explain how people can know to do "transphobia" unless maybe the surgeon has left a bit visibly dangling.
And Scara-I know you've not been able to make it to the keyboard because in the immortal words of Jeannie C Riley, you stayed too long at Kelly's Bar again, but when you recover do explain how people can know to do "transphobia" unless maybe the surgeon has left a bit visibly dangling. Lord Palmerstone
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12:56pm Sun 23 May 10

old_nick says...

It is my opinion (but not everyone's) that the 'Gay' community have done very well with the changes in the law etc.
But do they have to rub our noses in it (no pun intended )
We have to be sOOOO careful of what we write or say now, because the PC brigade might take offence.
I could be branded an 'ISM', an 'ITE', 'IC' or a 'IST'.
One of my few pleasures is being an 'OAP' It really winds them up when we (deliberately for fun) do not agree with there PC rubbish !
Must go now. Dinner. Probably soup through a stray and a rusk.
If you think I am Homophobic' then you are saying it to some one who doesn't give a !!!!
Regards
Old Nick
It is my opinion (but not everyone's) that the 'Gay' community have done very well with the changes in the law etc. But do they have to rub our noses in it (no pun intended ) We have to be sOOOO careful of what we write or say now, because the PC brigade might take offence. I could be branded an 'ISM', an 'ITE', 'IC' or a 'IST'. One of my few pleasures is being an 'OAP' It really winds them up when we (deliberately for fun) do not agree with there PC rubbish ! Must go now. Dinner. Probably soup through a stray and a rusk. If you think I am Homophobic' then you are saying it to some one who doesn't give a !!!! Regards Old Nick old_nick
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1:54pm Sun 23 May 10

Isisbridge says...

I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade.
I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade. Isisbridge
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5:38pm Sun 23 May 10

Petrol Head says...

Isisbridge wrote:
I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade.
LOL. But on a more serious note, the Town Hall and T.V.P. weren't that enthusiastic about flying the cross of St George on April 23rd, so what exactly is their agenda. I didn't vote for a labour council to carry out Red Kens G.L.C. policies, I voted for equality and fairness for all, not only the select few that fit the P.C. model.
[quote][p][bold]Isisbridge[/bold] wrote: I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade.[/p][/quote]LOL. But on a more serious note, the Town Hall and T.V.P. weren't that enthusiastic about flying the cross of St George on April 23rd, so what exactly is their agenda. I didn't vote for a labour council to carry out Red Kens G.L.C. policies, I voted for equality and fairness for all, not only the select few that fit the P.C. model. Petrol Head
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6:21pm Sun 23 May 10

Lord Palmerstone says...

Petrol Head wrote:
Isisbridge wrote: I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade.
LOL. But on a more serious note, the Town Hall and T.V.P. weren't that enthusiastic about flying the cross of St George on April 23rd, so what exactly is their agenda. I didn't vote for a labour council to carry out Red Kens G.L.C. policies, I voted for equality and fairness for all, not only the select few that fit the P.C. model.
Did your Head ignite after you put your crosses by the commy candidates? I hope it did.
[quote][p][bold]Petrol Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Isisbridge[/bold] wrote: I'm a marmaphobic. I don't like marmalade.[/p][/quote]LOL. But on a more serious note, the Town Hall and T.V.P. weren't that enthusiastic about flying the cross of St George on April 23rd, so what exactly is their agenda. I didn't vote for a labour council to carry out Red Kens G.L.C. policies, I voted for equality and fairness for all, not only the select few that fit the P.C. model.[/p][/quote]Did your Head ignite after you put your crosses by the commy candidates? I hope it did. Lord Palmerstone
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