The rainbow flag is flying outside the Civic Centre this February to mark LGBT History Month, an annual event that celebrates the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the United Kingdom.

The flag was raised this morning during a short ceremony attended by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Claire Darke.

She said: “I’m delighted to see the flag flying at the Civic Centre. We hope this sends out a strong signal to LGBT+ people across Wolverhampton that the council is proud to mark this important date.

"Of course, this is simply raising a flag, but this flag will be seen by many thousands of people over the course of this month.

“People can sometimes be cynical about simple gestures, but we know that taking a very visual stand will offer some solidarity and comfort to groups of people who can face hostility and worse as they go about their daily business, and also demonstrates our public commitment to an inclusive Wolverhampton.

“We are committed to building our reputation as a welcoming city and positive employer of LGBT+ people. There will be a number of events throughout LGBT History Month around Wolverhampton and we hope colleagues and residents will be able to support one or more of these.”

The theme for this year’s celebration is poetry, prose and plays.