Rugby Borough Council has commissioned Warwickshire Pride to research the views and experiences of LGBT+ individuals and communities in Rugby. This has found that abuse against LGBT+ communities in Rugby is much greater than the national average.
Rugby Borough Council is alarmed at the findings of this report and has agreed an action plan with Warwickshire Pride and with EQuIP to help to address these issues.
Raj Chand, Rugby Borough Council’s Head of Communities and Homes and lead officer for Equalities, said: “Having commissioned Warwickshire Pride to research the needs and experiences of Rugby’s LGBT+ communities for us, we were alarmed to hear that the borough has not provided LGBT+ communities with the warm welcome or support that we would like.
“While this is a problem for all of the borough’s communities to address, we are clear that Rugby Borough Council will provide community leadership to help make Rugby a welcoming place for everybody.
“The actions that we have agreed with Warwickshire Pride and with EQuIP will involve some of our wider partners, such as the police, the community wardens and BID rangers, along with businesses and other organisations that want to get involved. Together we can make sure that Rugby is a safe, supportive place for all of our communities.”