For the first time in its history Halifax Town Hall will fly the rainbow flag in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Calderdale Council said the visible and colourful support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities emphasises the its commitment to equality, in recognition of IDAHO (May 17).
On June 4, 2003 in Quebec, a day was set aside to fight and challenge homophobia. It was decided that this event would be repeated every year on May 17 and would be known as IDAHO day. This date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the World Health Organisation removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1991.
To mark the day, Calderdale Council has agreed to fly the rainbow flag from one of the most prominent buildings in the borough, Halifax Town Hall.
Calderdale council said the region has a large LGBT community, and it would like to acknowledge and identify with the diverse communities that make up the community of Calderdale.
Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Business Change, Robin Tuddenham, said:
“The rainbow flag is displayed around the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness. I’m delighted that we’re able to fly this flag at Halifax Town Hall on the International Day Against Homophobia, reflecting our diverse community and commitment to equality.
“We are working with Stonewall to become a recognised top employer for LGBT communities, making sure we continue to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces.”