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UK Police Forces Support LGBT Community By Wearing Rainbow Shoulder Badges

UK Police Forces Support LGBT Community By Wearing Rainbow Shoulder Badges

It's Pride season and police officers all over the country are embracing the colours of the rainbow to show support to the LGBT community at this year's events.

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Officers have been spotted wearing rainbow shoe laces and coloured nail polish and now they're going a step further with the introduction of rainbow-striped shoulder badges.

From Harrogate to Northumberland in the UK, they're all donning the colours with pride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of homosexuality becoming legal - even some chief constables are getting in on the action.

"We feel that offering the rainbow epaulettes allows LGBT officers and staff to express their gender or sexuality in a proud way that also reflects the community we serve as a police service," said a spokesperson.

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The nationwide move follows suit from Avon and Somerset Police, who introduced rainbow shoulder badges way back in 2015 - so it's about time everywhere else caught up, don't you think?

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It's not just the police force either. Other emergency services such as the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and the London Ambulance service have been wearing the colours.

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David Pit from the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: "Wearing my limited-edition epaulettes with pride. Let's celebrate diversity and inclusion - together."

What a fantastic idea. Anything that celebrates equality is all good with us.

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Topics: Police, Yorkshire, Smirnoff Free to Be, Pride, LGBT, Ambulance