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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia - 17 May

12 May 2023

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

Pride-flag-outside-Tapton-Lock-Visitor-CentreIn line with this year’s theme ‘Together Always: United in Diversity’, we've joined a number of organisations locally and thousands of people in the UK and worldwide to promote their ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the wider society.

It is 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 inclusivity 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 outside the County Hall, joined by four countryside parks at Elvaston, Tapton, Shipley and the Solomon’s Temple at Grin Low.

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 lanyards

Colleagues can also request a pride lanyard. If you would like to receive one, please email the staff network on with a workbase delivery address and we will aim to get one to you in time for Pride Month in June.

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