Success for Flying the Flag 2011

Publish Date: 19/05/2011

This Tuesday - International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia - saw more rainbow flags flying across the North West than ever before with well over 200 rainbow flags flying, 500 posters distributed and 6,000 information resources sent out across the North West region and beyond.
2011 was the third year that The Lesbian and Gay Foundation worked with partners to visibly mark and raise awareness of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). 

Our partner organisations showed their support by not only flying the flag, but delivering creative events in order to ensure that the message was spread as far as possible. 

Salford Royal Hospital Trust
used rainbow email footers, Bolton Council displayed a public exhibition around homophobia, Reddish Vale Technology College delivered specially designed lessons aimed at educating, informing and challenging homophobia and transphobia, and corporate partners including Barclays Bank and Co-operative Financial Services raised awareness of the day to their staff and customers by flying the flag and distributing resources.

Darren Knight, Development Manager at the LGF commented on the importance of IDAHO and what it means to LGB&T people, “marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is essential to ensure that there is a visible stance against the intolerable attitudes and crimes that continue to affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people; not just in other countries, but right here on our doorstep.”

“No more should innocent people be victimised, attacked and murdered for being who they are.  We have to work together to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and we have to celebrate their achievements, challenge discrimination and stand up and shout ‘Enough is Enough’.”

“Flying the flag to raise awareness is one part of this, through organisations actively and positively showing their support for their LGB&T service users and staff, but it’s much more than that!  We need to do much more and it has to be for much more than one day each year.  The contribution that LGB&T people needs to be recognised, valued and celebrated every single day; and that’s what we’re working towards.”

“It’s about equality; equality for everyone and we want to work with anyone and everyone in order to embed this.”

Why not check out our online gallery below! 
If you want to ensure that you’re involved next year, simply contact to ensure that you receive our weekly bulletin and we can keep you informed of all our activities challenging homophobia throughout the year.

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