Monday, 28 November 2011 18:32

Rainbow Flag On Oxford University

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Oxford rainbow flag

The University of Oxford hosts every year Queerfest and, for the first time, we could see a rainbow flag above the university.

 

Students know that Queerfest is hosted in the University of Oxford but how to inform external people? Organisers of this festival celebrating the LGBTQ history and culture have had the idea to put a rainbow flag on the top of a building.

 

Michael Brooks, an organiser, said: "We discussed it with the college Dean and then it went through to Governing Body. Everyone responded really positively to the idea and we ended up flying the rainbow flag over Wadham for an entire week. Putting up the flag was such a simple thing to do, but it had a huge effect on Oxford.

I heard many people from different colleges talking about it. I saw tourists stopping outside Wadham to take photos of it.

It challenges the stereotypes people have of Oxford and I hope that it will make those within Oxford who do hold very conservative views concerning LGBTQ rights to think differently. I was speaking to one student about the rainbow flag and he told me that he was surprised that the 'powers-that-be' at Wadham allowed us to fly the flag. I think that this shows that other Oxford colleges do not offer enough support to their LGBTQ community and it’s time for that to change."

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