On World Suicide Prevention Day, Gay Times Magazine have created ‘The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of’ which is raised at Birmingham’s iconic landmark, Town Hall.
This ceremonial version of the iconic pride flag has 2 of the 6 stripes removed in order to represent the 2 in 6 LGBTQ young people we risk losing to suicide due to issues including bullying, discrimination, gender identity and mental health. This powerful statement is made all the more poignant because the lost red and blue stripes traditionally symbolise ‘Life’ and ‘Harmony’.
I’m really excited about performing at Birmingham Symphony Hall, but even more so now knowing that they are supporting such an important cause. Suicide and mental health issues are massive problems in the LGBTQ+ community and I’m delighted THSH are helping to highlight this.Comedian Joe Lycett
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original pride flag. ‘The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of’ will remind passersby how far we have come but also the work we have ahead of us to keep the LGBTQ community safe and well.Richard Loftus, Director of Sales & Marketing for Town Hall Symphony Hall
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