A new rainbow crossing has been completed outside Salford University to celebrate pride in the city.
The permanent visible display will show Salford’s support to the LGBTQ+ community, promote equality, diversity and inclusion for all in Salford, no matter what their background as well as providing a colourful addition to the city.
Marcus Taylor, chief of operations of Salford Pride said: “the crossings showcase our diverse communities in Salford, they will improve visibility and awareness of our LGBT+ community and are a celebration of equality and inclusion.”
With the success and growth of Salford’s pride pink picnic, that takes place in Peel Park every year in June, the pride rainbow crossing sends out a positive message around inclusivity.
Marcus Taylor added: “they are located near the entrances to Peel Park, which is home to Salford’s annual pride event ‘The Pink Picnic’.
“The project is an incredible step to help improve visibility and demonstrate support for Salford’s LGBT+ community.”
Following from National Coming Out Day which took place last Sunday, the crossing was able to be completed with thanks to the good weather over the weekend.
Salford Pride thank Salford Council for the project which celebrates and promotes the acceptance of the LGBT+ communities.
Stephen M Hornby, academic fellow at the University of Salford, commented on the crossing, he said: “it looks gorgeous and makes a great statement of inclusion”.
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The rainbow road has also finished in time for Hate Crime Awareness week which takes place from 10th – 17th October.
The week encourages people to raise awareness of hate crime, to encourage the reporting of hate crimes and celebrate diversity in our communities.
A hate crime is an offence against an individual motivated by race, religion or faith, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity or identification with an alternative subculture and have a profound negative effect on people’s confidence and feelings of safety.
Here is what the crossing looks like in the evening…