Blog: Travelling with Pride in Birmingham

1 June 2015
To start our new blog we're handing over to Chief Inspector Chris Casey. He blogs about why his team represented us at this year's Birmingham Pride.
Have you seen our officers at Pride? Have you got a question about our work to reduce hate crime? Join in with the comments at the end of the blog.

C/Insp Chris Casey
We stepped up our effort this year for Birmingham’s Gay Pride to coincide with our #WeStandTogether campaign, and it was a huge success. Birmingham Pride is the first big Gay Pride event across the country and it really did raise the bar this year. As a gay officer I am really proud to have been able to represent the Force, but I’m even prouder that the officers involved over the whole week were a mixture of gay and straight officers who volunteered to get involved.Pride Birmingham

For 18-22 May we had a stall at Birmingham New Street station promoting our Text 61016 campaign and talking about travelling on the railway with pride. We were joined by our colleagues from the Safer Travel Partnership throughout the week; they were talking to people about the Project Empower campaign, which focuses on encouraging passengers to report sexual offences across the transport network in the West Midlands.

We also took the opportunity to ask our officers to support Stonewall’s ‘No Bystanders’ campaign; it goes without saying that we will never be bystanders when it comes to hate crime, but I know that some LGBT people lack confidence in the police and I want to do everything possible to show we will take hate crime seriously.

Our stall at the event gave us great platform to talk to the public about our work and there was lots of interest in joining us. I think the pictures show that it was an absolutely spectacular day and it was lovely to have such a warm welcome from the local community. We even ended up on stage in front of over 1,000 people dancing to the YMCA! It’s really important to show our human side, and it was well received; the DJ said that he never thought he’d see it in his lifetime.

Over the weekend we then had a stall at Birmingham Pride and we marched in the parade alongside colleagues from all of the emergency services. It was great to hear huge cheers when we walked past the huge crowds lining the route. We also had three beautiful police puppies with us that certainly made us extra popular! For me personally, and for our officers, marching in the parade is a really clear representation of our support for the LGBT community.

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