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Dame Sally Davies raises the rainbow flag

Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity, raised the rainbow flag beside Great Gate to mark the beginning of LGBT+ History Month on Saturday 1 February to the applause of students, Fellows, staff and passersby.

Dame Sally Davies raising the rainbow flag assisted by Acting Head Porter Frank Barker

Dame Sally said it was ‘an absolute thrill’ to raise the flag, which will fly throughout LGBT+ History Month 2020.

I am very proud that we are doing this because what it shows you is that as a community we are open, we are welcoming.

I never expected to be the first woman Master here but it shows that we are broadening. It’s a steady job.

But if we look back I am betting that some of those close bonds between our old men Fellows in eons past were closer than just platonic friendships. We have always been open to our LGBTQ+ friends.

Trinity’s LGBTQ+ Liaison Fellow, Dr Anna-Maria Hartmann, said: It was fantastic to be there when our first female Master raised the rainbow flag at Great Gate this morning!’

Prior to the flag raising, the Master hosted a celebratory breakfast to which Trinity students, Fellows and staff were invited.

You can watch the Master raising the rainbow flag.

Film: Mike Gormer

Photography: Graham CopeKoga

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