Colleges fly flags for LGBT History Month

Peterhouse fly the rainbow flag for the first time Image credit: Will Tilbrook

Rainbow pride flags were being flown on flagpoles across Cambridge colleges yesterday to celebrate the beginning of LGBT History Month.

Emmanuel College erected a second flagpole next to the original at the front of the college in order to do so, having initially rejected the proposal and instead offering the compromise of lighting up the chapel in rainbow colours. They will now do this, as well as fly the flag, for the entirety of the month.

Emmanuel LGBT+ Officer, Katie Nelson, commented: “It’s extremely important that LGBT+ students feel welcome at university: for many it is the first place they begin to be themselves. “Unambiguous and symbolic gestures such as these are particularly poignant during this uncertain political climate and I hope other colleges follow next year.”

Other college reps have taken similar attitudes to the celebrations and pushed for their colleges to fly a flag. Jesus College LGBT+ Officer, Holly Bracewell, was surprised by the positive attitude from college authorities. “It’s fantastic that Jesus are letting us display the flag; we thought we would face some difficulty but the college has been very supportive!”

Flag-flying during LGBT History Month has caused controversy in recent years, but more colleges are embracing the practice. Peterhouse has flown the pride flag for the first time this year.

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