Newcastle united against homophobia
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing
Organisations across Newcastle have united to mark IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
A rainbow flag will be flown above the city's Civic Centre in a symbolic gesture against discrimination.
This year’s event is being supported by housing association Your Homes Newcastle, Newcastle City Council, UNISON, MESMAC, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and organisations from the voluntary and community sector.
Issues such as challenging hate crime, promoting equality, housing, protecting communities and personal life stories and experiences will be discussed at the event.
Council leader Nick Forbes, who will raise the rainbow flag, said: “Millions of people across the world are denied basic human dignity because of homophobia and transphobia, which is wrong.
“Progress has come with legislation but there is still a lot of prejudice and discrimination in our country while abroad people can be sentenced to death for loving someone of the same sex.
“Tackling inequalities and prejudice is one of the council’s highest priorities and we are determined to break down those barriers until everyone regardless of sexual orientation feels safe and welcome.”
Paul Gilroy of UNISON said: "IDAHO day acknowledges the continuing struggle for equality and acceptance that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face here and in other countries.
"In times of austerity hate crimes manifest and raise their ugly head with attacks of a homophobic, biphobic and transphobic nature being reported across the LGBT community.
“UNISON has a proud tradition of fighting for equality and tackling discrimination, so we are glad to support IDAHO with our partners.”