It’s time to celebrate Pride and inclusion – with a virtual twist!

People across Oxfordshire are being encouraged to proudly fly the flag online this Friday in support of PRIDE.

(photos show some of last year's celebrations)

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to hundreds of Pride events and celebrations being cancelled or postponed - but that won’t stop the celebrations in Oxfordshire.

Staff from Oxfordshire County Council’s LGBTQI+ network will be celebrating this Friday with a virtual ‘Rainbow Cuppa’ and residents are being encouraged to celebrate inclusion on social media using the hashtag #Oxfordpride

Last year - as you can see from the photos  - the county council marked Pride with the unveiling of a rainbow coloured crossing outside County Hall. This year the hope is that residents will join them in sharing images on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from their own Pride celebrations at home.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Pride is all about inclusion and celebrating the diversity in our communities.

“If you’re working from home or in the workplace, you can celebrate by wearing a rainbow themed outfit or an accessory, designing or displaying a poster, perhaps even baking a rainbow cake! And if you’re working remotely, add an inspired background to your online meetings! The choice is yours!”

Oxford’s Pride event was due to be held on Saturday 30 May, with similar events being held on Saturday 13 June in Abingdon, Saturday 25 July in Witney and Saturday 15 August in Banbury. The council’s LGBTQI+ network will be celebrating them all virtually.