Flying the Rainbow flag with Pride!

Flying the Rainbow flag with Pride!


Rainbow Flag - Photo credit: Wayne Swan
Rainbow Flag - Photo credit: Wayne Swan

The Dunn School is again flying the rainbow flag, in support of Pride Month in June: a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights and pride. 

The theme of Pride 2021 is #InclusionMatters

The Dunn School’s Diversity Working Group, Anti-Bullying and Harassment Working Group and Athena Swan Committee are founded on the values of respect, inclusion and equality and these values pervade the legendary “Dunn School spirit”, as Head of Department, Matthew Freeman, likes to describe it. 

Pride Month usually culminates in colourful parades across the globe but like last year the Covid-pandemic is leading to virtual events being planned instead in a number of locations, including here in Oxfordshire.  Oxford Pride will be holding its virtual pride event on Saturday 5 June. To find out further details on the line-up and other activities throughout the month visit their website:



“A heckler in the audience at a trans awareness training session I organised for the university in 2019 made me realise the aggression and stigma trans people still face and the importance of allies in helping trans and others from the LGBTQ+ community feel accepted by society as a whole.” (Jo Peel, University of Oxford LGBT+ Allies Network member and Executive Assistant to the Dunn School Head of Department).

The Stonewall Home and Communities report in 2018 highlighted that:

  • Half of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (51 per cent) have experienced discrimination or poor treatment from others in their local LGBT community because of their ethnicity.
  • More than a third of trans people (36 per cent), one in eight LGBT disabled people whose activities are ‘limited a lot’ (13 per cent), and one in five LGBT people of non-Christian faith (21 per cent) say they’ve experienced discrimination from within the community because of different parts of their identities.
  • A third of bi people (32 per cent) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their family.

The 2018 LGBT Health in Britain survey found that:

  • Forty-one per cent of non-binary people said they harmed themselves in the last year compared to 20 per cent of LGBT women and 12 per cent of GBT men.
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