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Pride in support for equality and diversity | Pepperells

Pride in support for equality and diversity

Pride in support for equality and diversity

Solicitors Rosalind Smith and Holly Bates at the Pride 2017 Community Market

So that was the week that was – Pride in Hull 2017 – and what a week it was. Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the city and wider region came together to support equality, diversity and emancipation.

At Pepperells we supported the celebrations, taking a stall at the community market and running a series of blogs looking at the many legal changes and developments which we rightly celebrate in this country.

We started by publishing the very speech made Lord Arran on July 21, 1967 – the day the Sexual Offences Act became law and removed prison sentences for gay men.

This was followed by a series of other pieces looking at a few of the equality-focussed pieces of legislation which support gay couples in marriage, in parenthood, in work and in many other aspects of life.

People enjoying the Community Market in Hull’s Queen’s Gardens

We also looked at some of the issues which affect the LGBT+ community, including domestic violence and a look across the globe at some of the countries which still practice the death penalty for homosexuality.

Finally we looked at the rights for couples in death and how to protect you and your family. Visit www.pepperells.com/pepptalk to find the blogs.


Solicitor Rosalind Smith led Pepperells’ Pride campaign. She says: “We had a fantastic week, topped off when we joined the celebrations at the community market on the same day as the parade. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and just to be part of the celebrations was special.

“On the basis that we were celebrating the 50-year anniversary of a change in the law, we also thought it important to highlight how since a lot more legislation has followed which is aimed at supporting equality.”

The information for the blogs came from individuals within the different departments at Pepperells, with expert teams covering crime, chambers, commercial, dispute resolution, family, immigration, residential property and wills & probate.


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