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Celebrating equality & diversity

[Pride Cymru march]

Wales is one of the most supportive nations in the world for equality and diversity. The Welsh Government was the first government to bring in specific equality duties in order for public bodies to better perform their public sector equality duty, part of the Equality Act 2010 (Wales) and Regulations 2011, which came into force in April 2011.

Wales, therefore, has a list of equality objectives which aims to ensure public services and employment is fair, accessible, responsive to people's needs, and that communities are inclusive for all. No matter your protected characteristic, sex, sexual orientation or other the Equalities Act 2010 is in place to make people feel as safe and respected as possible. 

Wales has an advisory body which seeks to protect the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transsexual (LGBT) people in Wales called Stonewall Cymru.  Their mission is “to help shape a Wales where people are free to be themselves, organisations help drive change, public attitudes improve, prejudice is challenged, and laws protect LGBT people”. Wales will be rolling out LGBT-inclusive sex education in schools in 2022.

Events take place up and down the country each year in support of equality and perhaps our most famous event is the annual Pride Cymru event that takes place each summer, our Mardi Gras. Wales hosts the Iris Prize Festival each year, LGBT+ film festival.

There are many organisations which support people with disabilities and we have listed a few below. People with disabilities in Wales have gone on to achieve great things at home and around the world, and a few great examples can be found from the success of our disabled athletes.