EAST Hampshire District Council has been supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month by flying the flag over its Penns Place offices.

The LGBT history month is celebrated every February in the UK and aims to promote equality, diversity, acceptance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The rainbow flag was raised last Thursday morning by district council leader Richard Millard and chief executive Sandy Hopkins and was flown to coincide with the Hampshire Pride event that took place last Saturday in Winchester.

Mr Millard said: “EHDC is extremely proud to support the LGBT community and fly the flag over our offices. We are committed to supporting diversity in East Hampshire and recognising the experiences, achievements and issues the LGBT community faces on a regular basis.”

Mrs Hopkins and Mr Millard are pictured holding the LGBT flag outside the East Hampshire District Council headquarters at Penns Place in Petersfield.