New champion appointed to promote rights
The first ever dedicated role for promoting the LGB&T community in Wakefield Council has been appointed.
Councillor Ryan Case is now the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans Champion for the district.
The Wakefield West councillor for Labour, aged 33, proposed the new role after 49 people were murdered in a homophobic terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida on June 12.
“The LGB&T community globally was shaken to the core by the events in Orlando,” he said.
“Vigils took place worldwide and here in Wakefield a minute’s silence was held and the town hall clock tower was lit up in the rainbow flag, which is associated with gay rights.
“Although significant progress has been made, for example with the right to same-sex marriage, the attack showed there is still hatred in the world towards the LGB&T community.
“For this reason I want to take a more pro-active role to encourage greater understanding of the issues that affect people in the community.”
Coun Case will tackle prejudice and promote tolerance and inclusivity, working with organisations and in workplaces.
He will promote LGB&T History month, which takes place every February.
And Coun Case will work with different organisations in the area to support and build Wakefield Pride.
The event which celebrates the LGB&T community is on August 14 this year and takes place in the city centre.
Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “It is important that we live in a tolerant and open society, where everyone feels included and valued.
“Having our new LGB&T Champion in our district will help promote these essential values.”