VIDEO: Cornwall Pride parade brings hundreds to Truro
A huge rainbow flag was the showpiece item in one of the region's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrations.
Hundreds of people from a diverse range of communities and backgrounds took part in a parade through the streets of Truro as part of Cornwall Pride on Saturday.
The event is an annual celebration – now in its sixth year – of the South West's LGBT community. This year it featured former X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels and headline act Living Joy.
Alice Ashworth, of LGBT charity Stonewall, said: "Initiatives such as this are a fantastic way for the Police to reach out to the lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their communities."
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Figures show there were 40 homophobic and transphobic hate crimes reported in Cornwall between April 2012 and 2013.
Devon and Cornwall Police, whose officers took part in the parade, said reported homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have gradually increased in the Duchy since 2005.
Simon Hill, the force's equality and diversity training manager, said: "We believe that the number of reports made to the police is only part of the actual number occurring and we are working together with partner agencies and organisations to offer other ways for people to report."
Earlier this year the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) released a YouTube video called It Gets Better as part of the global campaign to end homophobic hate and reduce suicide amongst young gay people.
Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan, the ACPO lead for LGBT issues, is responsible for driving positive action at a national level within policing. She said: "Growing up as a young lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person is often a day-to-day struggle which can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety and suicidal feelings." The parade was followed by an afternoon of entertainment.