Manchester Airport to Fly the Flag

Publish Date: 16/05/2012


Visitors to Manchester Airport will today [17th May] see a new addition to the skies with a rainbow flag proudly flying near Terminal 1. The flag has been put in place to visibly mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) in partnership with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and Gaydio.

Since 2010 Manchester Airport has been a key sponsor of Gaydio, the UK’s first dedicated FM radio station for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The station has a monthly travel show that is broadcast from the Airport, which covers a range of news and holiday ideas.

Mark Johnson, Manchester Airport’s Business Services Director, said: “Our strong relationship with Gaydio over the past two years has further strengthened our links with the LGBT community. We have a history of engaging with diverse communities across the region and internationally so today we wanted to visibly show our support and awareness. We are proud to have a diverse workforce as well as beinga key contributor to local employment, a major sponsor of the arts and actively supporting economic and cultural diversity in Manchester and the North West.”

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's ‘Flying the Flag’ initiative provides an opportunity to visibly mark ‘International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia’ by flying a rainbow flag or marking the day by taking positive action to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities.

Chris Holliday, Gaydio’s Breakfast Presenter, said: “It's fabulous that Manchester Airport are flying the rainbow flag for IDAHO. We'll also be broadcasting live from Terminal 2 on Thursday morning, offering an insight into being gay around the world. Guests include Paul Martin, CEoO of the LGF and Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone MP. We'll also be crossing live to Russia - where in St Petersburg they've recently introduced anti-gay legislation which bans 'homosexual propaganda'.”

Gaydio is the country’s first and only FM service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and can be found on 88.4fm across Manchester and online at