HaMPSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes has shown his support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people by joining the county’s first ever pride march as part of LGBT History month.
The Hampshire Pride March in Winchester took place from the town’s University Student Union onto the High Street and along Jewry Street before assembling at the Winchester Discovery Centre.
Simon Hayes said ‘I was delighted to join the march, and very impressed at the numbers of people taking part out in support; it was a great turn out.’
The colourful procession was joined by heterosexual allies and local well-wishers to celebrate the end of LGBT History Month.
Prior to a series of presentations from key note speakers, participants were able to visit a ‘market place’ involving support organisations providing information, advice and support to the LGBT community.
The commissioner’s stall contained information about various LGBT projects that he is in discussions with including a project by Breakout Youth to support young LGBT people who are victims or are at risk of hate crime.
Mr Hayes said: ‘I am pleased to support the LGBT community by actively joining them in the march and funding projects through my commissioning strategy which supports and protects members of the LGBT community from hate crime.’