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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia - 17 May 2024

15 May 2024

17 May marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which celebrates LGBT+ rights and culture.

In line with this year’s theme ‘No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all’, we’re joining a number of organisations locally and thousands of people worldwide to promote their ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the wider society.

It's important to recognise that the day is not one single campaign and the need to promote inclusion is our everyday goal. The day is a reminder that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity continues within society, including some workplaces, but also highlights the need to continue playing an active role to ensure that we promote a culture of equal access and diversity.

All people, without exception, have a right to be themselves without fear of abuse or discrimination. We need to continue to work with local community groups and partner organisations, to ensure that as an employer and a service provider, we are accessible, inclusive and open to all.

Everyone can play a crucial role in an inclusive environment at work, home and within our communities. It starts with a single person.

Flying the flag

To mark the day we will be flying Pride Progress flag at our countryside sites at Shipley Country Park and Tapton Lock.

Colleagues at Bolsover library will also be marking the day with their ‘No-one left behind’ display.

You're probably aware of the 'traditional' 6-striped rainbow flag, but did you know that in 2018 the Progress Pride flag was developed? The additional chevrons to the left have been included to represent the Trans and Black and minority ethnic communities.

Flying the flag is also a 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 Progress Pride flag background for your Teams meetings from the M365 learning centre.

Pride network

If you're interested in helping to change things for the better for LGBT+ employees and users of our services, please consider joining our Pride Network. The group meets regularly through MS Teams and its meetings are open to any employee. You can contact the network by email