Guernsey

Channel Islands pride week opens in Guernsey

Pride Parade
Image caption The first Guernsey pride parade started at Candie Gardens on Saturday afternoon

The first Channel Islands Pride festival has opened in Guernsey with a parade through St Peter Port.

Organised by equality charity Liberate, the event will close in St Helier, Jersey in a week.

Ellie Jones, vice-chair of Liberate, described the event as a hugely significant moment for the local community and LGBTQ people.

She said: "We've had so many people express how it shows Guernsey has moved forward and how accepted they feel."

Guernsey chief minister, Gavin St Pier said: "As Guernsey aims to become one of the healthiest and happiest communities in the world quality of life is going to be key to that ambition.

"Equality and inclusion is going to be one of the key measures of quality of life."

The States of Guernsey voted to introduce Same Sex marriage in December 2015 with the law expected to be introduced in 2017.

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