LGBT + crossing is installed in Sandwell as the borough is hailed a ‘place of tolerance’

A new LGBT + crossing has been unveiled at Sandwell Valley this week.

It comes as over 100 people took part in a walk last month at Sandwell Valley as part of their celebrations to mark LGBT + history month.

And in a report with the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) last month, Deputy Mayor Richard Jones argued the borough needs to do more to support LGBT + people. He said the council has previously lacked the “political will” to provide the same level of LGBT + services compared to Birmingham city council.

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He welcomed the crossing’s installation as a way to increase awareness and to show the Labor-led authority is a place of tolerance and respect for people of all backgrounds.

He said: “We want to show wider support for our diverse communities in Sandwell and make it clear that everyone is welcome here. This is a brilliant location, it’s iconic and a good reflection of where we live. ”

The colorful pedestrian crossing is located at Sandwell Park Farm, Salters Lane.

It incorporates the traditional rainbow Pride flag to represent the LGBTQ + community, with a chevron of black and white stripes to represent people of color, as well as blue, pink and white for transgender people. The white also symbolizes those who have been lost to HIV / AIDS.



From LR: Rebecca Still, Sandwell council equalities network member; Kerrie Carmichael, leader of Sandwell council; deputy mayor Richard Jones; and Scott Lee, council equalities network membe

The council would not disclose how much it cost, but it told the LDRS the work was included as part of general repair of paint works on zebra crossings.

Kerrie Carmichael, leader of Sandwell council, added: “Sandwell is proud to be in step with many other towns and cities around the UK and the world that have installed similar crossings to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ + community and all those facing discrimination.”

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