A campaign to mark LGBT History Month has been hailed the most successful yet and now Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for illuminating sponsorship to help find children new homes.

This year, the Council flew the Rainbow Flag for the whole of February as well as putting on and supporting a range of events that surpassed last year's activities. This included the #BeTheRainbow celebration which saw 80 people form a human rainbow flag at Shire Hall in Cambridge and even more join in across the county through Social Media.

The authority is looking to add to its LGBT History Month programme next year by asking for sponsorship to take part in the highly successful e-Luminate Festival next year. This will use the historic Shire Hall site as a canvas for an artist to use light to promote equality and the LGBT community. But more specifically to encourage people from the LGBT community to come forward to adopt or foster children.

Around 60,000 people were reached or engaged through social media and the BeTheRainbow event during February. The first time the authority had used Facebook to promote an event in this way.

People sent in their own pictures and staff from the Council were also encouraged to take part.

The event is one of several that the Council will be backing as part of its commitment to supporting equality and diversity as highlighted in the Equality Pledge it signed in November.

This year's events have been planned by the Council's Diversity Group which includes both councillors and officers, with the countywide campaign being led by the Encompass Network. The Diversity Group will also be looking at ways to mark and celebrate other significant events.

Public bodies across Cambridgeshire have pulled together to support and celebrate LGBT History Month, including the Police and the Fire Service. Locally the event was also supported by some of the university colleges in Cambridge, including: Clare College, Christ's College, Downing College, Emmanuel College, Homerton College, King's College, Magdalene College, Pembroke College, Robinson College, Selwyn College, Sidney Sussex College,  St Catharine's College, Newnham College, Corpus Christi College and Jesus College.

If anyone is interested in helping or supporting this event please contact Cambridgeshire County Council by emailing [email protected]

The e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is a modern arts festival. The flagship event offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to discover, or re-discover, the richness and diversity of Cambridge's iconic buildings and public spaces through a range of light art installations, family activities, talks and concerts.



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