by Matt Gallagher on August 29, 2012
On Saturday, I took part in the Manchester Pride parade, in the city centre. It was delightful to see such a large turnout, especially with the weather prospects.
Included in the parade were officers and staff from 17 police forces and policing organisations, and Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, who said the following; “This year’s parade is dedicated to the code-breaking mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, whose work during the Second World War was vital, and whose sexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution, in 1952. It’s worth remembering how far we have come, and that it is totally unacceptable for people to be treated in this way. Manchester Pride is a very important event for GMP and I am especially proud that our officers and staff, myself included, will be leading the parade this year.”
GMP also had a float in the parade, displaying banners encouraging people to report hate crime, and explaining that the offence covers five main areas-disability, gender-identity, race, religion or faith and sexual orientation.
People can report hate crime by calling the police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.