Sunderland celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Sunderland is to join other cities around the world by officially celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wednesday, May 17th.
The International Day against Homophobia was launched in 2004. In 2009 it became IDAHOT when transgender was added to recognise the different issues between sexual orientation and gender expression. In 2015, biphobia was also added to the title.
In Sunderland, a ceremony at the council’s offices will be led by the city’s mayor, Councillor Alan Emerson.
Members of Sunderland LGBT Equality Forum, the city council’s Employee Equality Network and the local LGBT community will be joined by partner organisations including Gentoo, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, the University of Sunderland and Northumbria Police, reports the Sunderland Echo.
Representatives from organisations and supporters from across the city will also gather to see the flag raised.
“I am delighted to be here today to help our city mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and raise the Rainbow Flag on behalf of the people of Sunderland. It is wonderful to see that this year’s event focuses on families.
“Raising a family already brings many challenges, and facing social stigma and intolerance because of sexual orientation or gender identity should not be allowed to add to those.
“The most important thing for any child is that they live in loving homes where they are cared for and supported to reach their full potential.
“This celebration helps us to recognise this, and to show our support for Rainbow families right across the globe.”
— IDAHOT (@may17IDAHOT) May 15, 2017