Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 09:14 GMT

Nottingham Pride supported with free graphics

As Nottingham gears up for its annual Pride parade this weekend, one print and sign company has helped out to deliver a number of rainbow-coloured graphics.

Fast Graphics supplied banners on Nottingham Council House, railing banners, lamppost banners, waste bin graphics and a number of stickers – all supplied and fitted free of charge.

Tony Bates is the managing director of Fast Graphics and says the company jumped at the opportunity to support this year’s Pride event, citing the city’s reputation for inclusiveness.

Pride parades were established to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community and at times, to fight for the rights of that community.

Bates comments: “As a local business very proud of Nottingham, we are always eager to support the efforts of our City Council. It is vital that all people are treated equally, and Pride is a great way to support this.”

Fast Graphics has produced a number of banners for the upcoming event, including Council House banners printed on mesh PVC and fixed to a wire frame, accessed by Fast Graphics’ cherry picker.

Bin graphics and banners were created to reflect the rainbow flag – a symbol of LGBTQ+ social movements, more often used as a symbol of support or identity

The lamp column banners were printed on solid, double-sided PVC with hems and eyelets at the top and bottom, whilst the bin graphics were made using Foamex and were fixed directly to the bin. The Nottingham-based company produced all the graphics on Mimaki printers.

Alongside banners and flags, Fast Graphics also produces window and vehicle graphics, fascia signs and exhibition displays. The firm recently produced and installed England’s largest St George’s flag for the patron saint’s day in April.

Pride parades began after the Stonewall riots in 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar that was owned by the Mafia, and clashed with patrons, leading to a number of protests in the days following.

During the 1950s and 60s, gay Americans faced an anti-gay legal system, and few establishments would welcome gay people and those that would tended to be bars, which would be routinely raided by police.

On June 28th, 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since then, Pride parades have taken place all over the world to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and continue fighting for their rights. The first event in Nottingham took place in 1999, with this year’s event taking place on Saturday, July 27th.

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