Rainbow plaque trail set for Leeds

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A rainbow plaque trail is to be created to commemorate those who have contributed to the LGBT+ story of Leeds.

Leeds Civic Trust is working with Leeds City Council’s LGBT+ Hub to create the special trail throughout the city centre this summer.

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People in Leeds are now being urged to nominate places and people that have shaped the city’s diversity.

From Angela Morley (the first openly transgender Academy Award nominee) to Alice Bacon MP, who was instrumental in the decriminalisation of homosexuality; from Leeds Town Hall (an historical focus of rallies and campaigning) to the entertainment district in Lower Briggate, Leeds has much to commemorate.

Leeds Civic Trust Director Martin Hamilton said: “We are delighted to be supporting this venture, following the success of a similar scheme in London.

“The LGBT+ story of Leeds is a fascinating and important one and through these plaques we hope to communicate it to a wide audience.”

Councillor Al Garthwaite, Leeds City Council Lesbian and Bi Women’s Champion, said: “Leeds Pride, Heritage Open Days and LGBT+ History Month are all very important events for the city annually.

“It is great to see Leeds Civic Trust working with the LGBT+ Hub and members of the community to deliver this LGBT+ History trail during the period these events are held.

“Our ambition is to have a strong economy within a compassionate city and I hope that this encourages people to come into the city centre and have an opportunity to learn about some of the amazing LGBT+ people who have helped contribute to the cities’ success.”

Nominations are open until March 30 and can be made via Leeds Civic Trust’s website.

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