Hounslow Council cements support for LGBT+ community

Hounslow Council has installed a Rainbow Junction in Chiswick Road, consisting of four separate crossings in the colours of the progress pride flag.

Published: Friday, 3rd February 2023

Celebrities join the rainbow crossing opening in Chiswick

Rainbow Junction, where Chiswick High Road meets Annandale Rd and Turnham Green Terrace, is revealed at the start of both LGBT+ History month and Football vs Homophobia month of action and is a vivid demonstration of the Council’s commitment to the rights of the borough’s LGBT+ community. 

The idea was the brainchild of West London Queer Project (WLQP), who the Council have worked with over the past year during Pride 2022, and in the development of a new Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

The Council have also supported WLQP’s work on wellbeing and social connection through Thriving Communities funding. 

Leader of the Council, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, commented: 

“Hounslow is a borough where everyone is welcome regardless of sexual orientation or identity.   WLQP have grown from a small group of friends to a borough wide organisation of more than 5000 members in under a year; a clear indication of the need for our LGBT+ community to have a voice, recognition, and support.” 

The opening of the Rainbow Junction in Chiswick Road

Left to Right on left side of crossing – Marcus Gayle (Brentford FC Ambassador), musician Harry Judd, Leader of Hounslow Council - Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, WLQP Founder - Aubrey Crawley. Right side of crossing – broadcaster Clare Balding and Alice Arnold, broadcaster Nicki Chapman. In background: Cllr Ranjit Gill (Chiswick Gunnersbury) and Ollie Saunders from Chiswick Flower Market. Photo: Anna Kunst

Aubrey Crawley, founder of WLQP commented:

“We are delighted to continue a successful association with the Council and celebrate these important landmarks in such a public way.   

“WLQP are also working with Brentford Football Club, as part of their support of Football vs Homophobia’s month of action, with skills sessions for the LGBT+ community and further supportive activity before their home game against Crystal Palace on 18 February.”

Hounslow Council will also be hosting a special event on the afternoon of 10 February, from 1.30pm-4pm at Hounslow House.  Art - Behind the Lens will feature a fascinating mix of artists, media editors, writers and Council staff discussing issues associated with real-life experiences of LGBT+ people past and present.

Book Here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lgbt-history-month-art-behind-the-lens-tickets-519764669117

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