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TFL to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:28 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 04 July 2018

TFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for London

TFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for London

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Stations across London are being adorned with striking new Rainbow roundels, and some stations will also have rainbow and trans-inspired benches.

TFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for LondonTFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for London

Transport for London is going to transform Romford station to celebrate the LGBT+ community ahead of Pride this weekend.

Stations across London are being adorned with striking new Rainbow roundels, and some stations will also have rainbow and trans-inspired benches.

Rainbow roundels, were introduced across stations last year and have been updated with the new hashtag #EveryLoveMatters, which TFL says encourages everyone to be proud of themselves, and love who they are as well as others.

A brand-new roundel in pink, blue and white, inspired by the trans flag, has also been created as well.

TFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for LondonTFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for London

The roundels will be at a number of locations other than Romford, including Tottenham Court Road Underground station, Vauxhall Underground station and Embankment Pier.

Shoreditch High Street Overground station has also been transformed with rainbow and trans-inspired benches, while City Hall and TfL’s 55 Broadway office are flying the rainbow flag all week to celebrate the capital’s diversity.

Anyone hiring a Santander Cycle has the chance to ride on one of the limited-edition cycles that have been decorated with rainbow livery on their rear mudguards.

TfL is also launching a LGBT+ Allies group later this year for members of staff who would like to learn more about LGBT+ issues and support the LGBT+ community. This group will increase awareness and provides employees with a forum to ask questions and share advice, which will lead to a more inclusive environment for our staff and customers.

TFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for LondonTFL is going to transform Romford station ahead of Pride this weekend. Romford will have rainbow roundels fitted over the next few days. Photo: Transport for London

The group will work with OUTbound, TfL’s LGBT+ staff network group, which offers LGBT+ colleagues the opportunity to meet with other like-minded people in the organisation, who they might not usually get the chance to talk to, and discuss their experiences.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m proud to raise the Pride flag at City Hall. For the first time this year London will celebrate our LGBT+ community with both rainbow and trans colours across the transport network. In London we celebrate our differences and Pride is the perfect opportunity for us to come together and honour the fantastic contribution our LGBT+ community makes to our city.”

London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé - who visited Romford earlier in the year - said: “I’m delighted that for the first time the trans flag will join the rainbow flag on roundels across London. Our capital’s strength is in our diversity and we’re once again showing that London is open for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability or background.”

Pride events will take place all across London this Saturday (July 7) and 500 LGBT+ parade groups will march through central London.

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