Tonight (Thursday, 20 July 2017) from 6pm, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park will be leading the way for this year’s Come Out of the Shadows initiative.
The initiative is all about challenging hate crime and surrounds the celebrations for Liverpool Pride Festival which is on 29 and 30 July 2017.
The campaign encourages organisations and buildings to light up in the famous Pride rainbow colours around the time of this year’s festival. It is hoped that this will represent Liverpool as a diverse and tolerant LGBT+ friendly city as well as help to normalise LGBT+.
The council and partner agencies are showing their support by lighting up the OurPlace wall at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park as well as the Greystone Footbridge the colours of the rainbow tonight while the two landmarks will also be illuminated in rainbow colours from 28 to 30 July 2017. A rainbow flag will also be flying at the OurPlace Youth facility in Huyton, the Huyton Municipal Building and the Kirkby Centre over the Liverpool Pride weekend.
Partner agencies attending include Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioners Office, Knowsley Housing Trust, Villages Housing, Pride representatives, Volair, Knowsley Youth Mutual and the Michael Causer Foundation.
Other boroughs in the Liverpool City Region will also be getting involved in Come Out of the Shadows and lighting up some of their buildings and landmarks between 20 and 30 July 2017 when it ends.