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'Proud Councils' celebrate Pride Cymru’s Parade

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 20 Jun 2023

On Saturday 17 June, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council joined neighbouring local authorities in South East and Mid Wales to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community and help promote equality and diversity.

MTCBC took part in the Pride Cymru Parade, as part of the ‘Proud Councils’ network, a partnership between local authorities formed in 2015 with the aim to improve support offered to LGBTQIA+ staff within local authorities in Wales. The network actively champions inclusion within our communities and strives to ensure local government across Wales is a visible leader in the field of LGBTQIA+ rights.

Representatives of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council travelled to Cardiff for the event alongside colleagues from Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Powys, Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent.

Staff, councillors, and Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum joined thousands of people in Pride Cymru’s biggest Parade to date to march through the streets of Cardiff together to demonstrate each council's commitment and support for the LGBTQIA+ community in Wales.

Councillor Gareth Richards, Equalities and Diversity Champion, said
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank those Councillors and Officers who attended Pride Cymru again this year as part of the Proud Councils network. It was a very vibrant and colourful event with thousands of people on the streets of our capital city. Pride is a time to celebrate the many advances made in recent decades, there is still more work to do and there’s a need to be vigilant to ensure that these advances are not rolled back.”


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