An open letter sent to the Major of Watford:
In past years Watford Borough Council have ran a big screen on the parade. This is a really nice initiative to bring together the community.
I am writing to ask that if the Big Screen is to return to Watford this summer that the showing of an LGBT film is considered. I realise that the majority of films shown are popular and family friendly, although an LGBT film might not be as popular there are many family friendly LGBT films ( http://cinemaforall.org.uk/booking-scheme/#?gen=lgbt ).
The reason I feel it would be good to include such a film is because being LGBT is not a persons choice; they might be with family or friends who don’t really understand it or be accepting of it, as such an LGBT person can feel very isolated. Studies have shown that between 30 and 40% of LGBT people have attempted suicide which is vastly higher than from the non-LGBT population ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_among_LGBT_youth ). As such I feel that it is important for us, as a community, to visually show our open, accepting and supportive side and small acts, such as showing an LGBT film, would be one such step in this direction.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this and if I can be of any help then please just let me know.