OFFICERS and staff from Merseyside Police will once again be taking part in the Pride in Liverpool march, with this year’s event going virtual on Saturday (25 July 2020).
Chief Constable Andy Cooke has been joined by officers and staff from across the force to record a special video message for Pride MarchONline, which starts at midday on Saturday.
Dozens of organisations from around Merseyside will be taking part in the event, due to last for around an hour, which this year has the theme ‘Young at Heart’. It will promote the right for LGBT+ people to enjoy a happy, healthy and carefree life regardless of age, ability or how they identify.
The rainbow flag will once again be flown at Merseyside Police HQ, and Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Andy Cooke said the Force is determined to make sure the Force marks Pride despite the absence of a physical march due to ongoing restrictions.
He added: “As with many events that were due to take place during the coronavirus pandemic, it is a great shame that the city’s streets will not be filled with the colourful and vibrant Pride march we have enjoyed seeing in Liverpool every July.
“It is a tribute to the dedication of the organisers that they have persevered and found a way for people to show their solidarity with the LGBTQ community with a virtual march.
“We’re honoured to have been invited to be a part of Pride 2020 and to join people across the Liverpool City Region to promote diversity, equality and tolerance in our communities.
“Pride gives us the chance to show our commitment to becoming a police force that truly reflects the communities we serve, and demonstrate we will not tolerate hate crime of any kind. As a Force we believe that all our communities should be treated with equality and that everyone should be able to enjoy themselves without fear of prejudice and discrimination.
"It’s also a great opportunity for us to celebrate just what a great place the region is to live and work, and join in the fun that Pride always brings.
"It can’t be the same this year, but our officers, specials, cadets and staff wanted to show how much Pride means to us and I would urge everyone to log in on Saturday to join in the fun. Have a great Pride everyone!"
Ahead of Saturday's online event, some of the officers and staff from Merseyside Police’s LGBT+ Network spoke about what Pride means to them.
For more information about this year's Pride in Liverpool event visit: https://lcrpride.co.uk
Join MarchONline on Facebook ‘LCR Pride Foundation’, or Twitter @LCRPride from 12 midday on Saturday 25 July.
It will also be on Youtube here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCnE2AoFV1QkRFUw3sjyk8iw