Fire Service: Pride is a chance to show kindness
- Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
The fire service has renewed its support for Essex's LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has used the Progress Pride flag in its logos to celebrate the work of LGBTQ+ people and people of colour in its ranks this June.
ECFRS said celebrating Pride - and the work of its LGBTQ+ group called BEING - helps create friendships and develop peer support networks.
Matt Hill, BEING chair, said: "Pride Month is so important regardless of your sexuality because it gives us a chance to show representation and acceptance to our communities.
"If someone sitting next to you overhears a conversation and you are being kind and showing your support for the LGBTQ+ community? That has real power."
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The Progress Pride flag was developed by US designer Daniel Quasar in 2018.
It incorporates the transgender flag and a black and brown stripe as a stand against transphobia and racism.
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