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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Biphobia

17 May 2022

Today we’ll be proudly flying the Pride Progress flag at County Hall to show our support for International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT). There will also be flags flying at four of our countryside sites - Tapton Lock Visitors Centre, Elvaston Castle, Shipley Park and Hayfield Centre. The flag is an update of the traditional six striped rainbow flag with the addition of chevrons to represent the trans and black and minority ethnic communities.

This annual event - marked across the world – aims to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to take a stance against this.

We believe everyone has the right to be themselves regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, yet homophobia, transphobia and biphobia still exist in many walks of life, and to varying degrees, which has a negative impact on LGBTQ+ and heterosexual people alike.

Flying the Pride Progress flag is one way to show that we don't tolerate homophobia, transphobia or biphobia. We want our workplaces, schools and communities to be safe places where everyone is able to be themselves without fear of bullying, intimidation, abuse or harm.

If you’d like to show your support on the day you can download a Pride Progress flag background for your Teams meetings from the M365 learn centre.