June is Pride Month, and throughout the four weeks many people across Derbyshire will be celebrating the diversity we have in our communities.
The month-long celebration was originally formed to remember the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which was a landmark to achieving equal rights for LGBT+ communities.
Events will once again take place in person following the easing of Covid restrictions, and during June it will be a chance for us to take part in the national reflection, celebration and conversation before our county’s pride events kick off next month.
Throughout Derbyshire, the celebrations will continue later into the year with the following events:
- Chesterfield Pride on Sunday 24 July 2022 - Belper Pride on Saturday 6 August 2022 - Derby Pride Saturday 10 September.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Kirby, of Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “Pride is a really important time to celebrate the diversity we have throughout our communities and in our force.
“We are very proud to have a diverse workforce made up of people from a variety of different backgrounds, which reflects the communities you live in and which we serve.
“The last two years have seen very different celebrations for Pride, but it is great to once again see in person events across the county.
“Our officers will be there with you at these events in Belper, Chesterfield, and Derby which are happening over the summer, not only keeping you safe but as part of the community and the celebrations.
“Everyone deserves to feel accepted, respected and to simply be able to be themselves and Pride is just one way to show how important this is. It’s all of our responsibility to challenge discrimination within our communities and it is never acceptable to tolerate any form of hate.
“We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Pride.”