The rainbow flag, traditionally representing the LGBT community, also represents diversity around the world. It is a worldwide symbol of unity, strength, tolerance and acceptance, an ethos which Queen's University strongly advocates. Flying it within the University's campus represents the diversity and vibrancy throughout the entire student and staff body at Queen's. We believe that this gesture compliments the University's recent video production on Diversity at Queen's.
We request that the Vice-Chancellor flies the rainbow flag in conjunction with Belfast Pride's gay pride march on the 4th August 2012.
The LGBT Society at Queen's University Students' Union held a stall in the union's foyer, asking the student and staff bodies (incl. the LGBT staff network) for their opinions and support on this issue, collecting 284 signatures in the process. These signatories shall be passed onto the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Peter Gregson, in due course but in the meantime, we need the continued support of everyone, inside and outside the LGBT community to impress upon him the importance of this gesture.
Below is a link to the University's Equality and Diversity policy, paying particular attention to the introduction and Policy Statement in sections one and two: http://bit.ly/KYO6fq