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Council Rejects Rainbow Flag Flying Request

A Nottinghamshire councillor has issued a request to fly rainbow flags from council buildings in his local authority to celebrate gay pride.

East Retford West on Bassetlaw District Councillor Ian Campbell made the request to fly the emblem of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during February, to mark LGBT History Month. His request, however, was rejected by the council. They said they had a policy to not accept requests to fly different flags, but offered instead to display the flag in an internal display.

Mr Campbell, who had been heavily involved in gay rights during the district elections last year, commented on the surprise that had been caused by the council’s response.

I was very surprised by how many LGBT people there are in Bassetlaw and the lack of support facilities there were for them in the area. Raising the flag would be very symbolic for these people, if they were to see it, they would see that the council is being accepting.

A spokesman for the council said they receive an impractical number of requests to fly flags every year, so justified their decision by saying they would not be able to manage the precedent if they agreed to this one. The spokesman added:

We would, however, be very happy to work with Councillor Campbell to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community at both the Retford and Worksop One Stop Shops.

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