Flying the Flag in 2013

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are involved in a number of events in 2013 for International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Below are details of how you can get involved too.

Fly the Flag

 ‘Flying the Flag’ is an initiative that provides an opportunity to visibly mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on 17 May by flying a Rainbow Flag or marking the day by taking positive action to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities.

Whether it’s a rainbow flag flying from a town hall, a library publicly displaying positive information resources for local people or a school taking part and delivering sessions aimed at tackling homophobic bullying – it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing something positive and visible; and we and other LGB&T voluntary and community sector groups can support you in doing that!

Let us know what you’re doing to mark IDAHO, send us a picture of your flag flying or other creative ways of marking the day and we will promote it in our online gallery and website.

If you want to find out more about this initiative, or you would like to obtain information and resources, contact The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email:

‘Flag it up’ with GAYDIO

This year we will once again be teaming up with Gaydio by offering free rainbow flags for 100 of the stations listeners to fly on May 17th.


However we know how much everyone loves rainbows so you will have to be creative if you want to win your very own rainbow flag. 

We will only be sending flags out to those people who tell us the most original and creative places they are going to fly them should they be lucky enough to receive them on the day, and we will want photographic evidence of the flag flying on the day!

Not only that but we will also be giving away a special prize to whoever comes up with the most creative interpretation of the rainbow flag to highlight homophobia and transphobia and help celebrate LGBT identities across the world.

>>> WIN A FLAG! <<<

IDAHO Manchester Vigil – SAVE THE DATE!

Friday 17th May (7pm-8.30pm)
Sackville Gardens, Manchester’s LGB&T Village

There will be a special Vigil against homophobia, biphobia and transphobiaheld in Sackville Gardens on Friday 17th May (7-8.30pm) with speakers and an opportunity to pay tributes and respect all those who have suffered because of intolerance and prejudice because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Just turn up on the day. More information will be available over in our news section nearer the date.

Kiss Hate Goodbye – Saturday 18th May

Manchester City Centre 1-2pm (place TBC)

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On Saturday 18th May a community ‘Flash-mob’ event will be held in central Manchester. Inspired by The Great Global Kiss-In which took place on the weekend of IDAHO in 2010, we want to unite against hate, intolerance, inequality and injustice in our society by creating an atmosphere in which couples can show their love and affection for one another in a positive and powerful way.  

The Lesbian & Gay Foundations’ Enough is Enough ACTION against homophobia campaign is inviting everyone to show that love between people of the same gender is nothing to be afraid of. You don’t have to go for a full on snog, join us for hand holding, cheek pecking, hugging and any other (legal) display of same-sex affection. So get your lips lubed, your breath minty fresh and put this date in your diary.

For more details email

Lesbian Avengers - Are we avenged yet?


Event: Saturday, 18th May 2013 2pm until 4pm, at The Lesbian & Foundation.

Twenty years ago, a group of six women kick-started a movement to increase lesbian visibility and challenge bigotry.

Using high profile direct actions and eye-catching imagery, the Lesbian Avengers recruited thousands of women worldwide to take part in highly visible street actions, culminating in 20,000 women marching on Washington for the 2004 Dyke March.

Two decades on, a lot has changed but lesbian and bisexual women still face homophobia, biphobia and sexism. Is there still a place for direct action groups like the Lesbian Avengers? How do we challenge discrimination and raise visibility in the 21st century, while making sure bisexual and trans women are part of the movement? Do you feel your voice is being heard?

Whether you want to eat fire for equality or are more comfortable signing an online petition or volunteering in your local community, this fun session will celebrate the women who fearlessly stood up for our rights and visibility in the past and encourage you to speak out about issues that matter today.

Saturday, 18th May 2013 2pm until 4pm, at The Lesbian & Foundation. To get avenging book by emailing

To find out more about these events call 0845 3 30 30 30 or email

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