Report from New Road Parents - Worcestershire

A busy day on June 9th , as I represented both New Road and Birmingham Parent Support Groups at NEW College of Further Education in Redditch. The small, newly formed LGBT group at the College held their first Pride event. Next year it will be bigger as they grow in confidence and they also hope to take part in the Birmingham Pride march and earlier in the year to do something for LGBT History Month.
Then later the same day I took part in a protest meeting at Redditch Town Hall against the homophobia and racism expressed by David Small, the 81 year old who was sacked by UKIP for allegedly posting racist and homophobic comments online. Small was elected as a UKIP councillor on May 22, but spent just six days as the UKIP councillor before he was expelled for bringing the party into disrepute. He then stood as an Independent, but resigned his seat when the Police spoke to him. The police in Worcestershire are very hot on Hate Crime.  
About thirty people from various organisations and individuals, stood outside the Town Hall with rainbow banners, posters, badges and even whistles. We had a few speeches and assurances that Redditch was not generally homophobic. Councillors from Bromsgrove, including the Civic Chair also took part and the Redditch press were present.
Author - Margaret Evans


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