Wakefield Council announces first LGB&T Champion
Ref: PR 8295
Wakefield Council has
appointed its first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans* (LGB&T)
Cllr Ryan Case who represents
Wakefield West ward will take responsibility for working with individuals and
organisations across the district to tackle prejudice and promote tolerance and
inclusivity for all residents.
Welcoming the new
appointment, Cllr Peter Box CBE Leader of Wakefield Council, 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.”
The 33-year-old proposed the
new role after the recent events in Orlando, Florida where 49 people were
murdered in a homophobic terrorist attack.
Cllr Case said: “The
LGB&T community globally was shaken to the core by the events in Orlando.
“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.
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.”
Cllr Case will be working
across the district to promote LGB&T friendly workplaces. He will work
across the community with different organisations and workplaces to highlight
LGB&T issues and address them together.
His role will involve
promoting LGB&T History month, which takes place every February, and
working 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 has been
proudly supporting for many years, Yorkshire MESMAC, one of the oldest and
largest sexual health organisations with strong roots in the LGB&T
community; Fruitbowl, one of the largest LGB&T youth groups in West
Yorkshire; TransWakefield, a popular Wakefield support group for Trans people;
and Wakefield LGB&T Pride.
Tom Hunt, Yorkshire MESMAC Wakefield's Local Services Coordinator said "At
a time of change, we welcome positive steps in meeting the specific needs of
our Trans youth in our schools and educational establishments, increasing the
safety of our LGB&T* youth and the wider LGB&T* community and reducing
Yorkshire MESMAC is delighted
that the role of Wakefield Council's LGB&T* Champion has been announced and
is looking forward to working with Councillor Ryan Case, building on the
success of Wakefield's LGB&T* communities and creating safe spaces in
Wakefield District for everyone regardless of sexuality and gender