Flying the Rainbow flag

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THE multi-coloured Rainbow Flag, international symbol of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, was flying today (tHURSDAY mAY 17) from West Sussex County Council buildings including County Hall, Chichester.

It is marking IDAHO – the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – which was launched nine years ago with the aim of creating a global community sharing the idea of a world without homophobia.

Hundreds of associations in more than 50 countries have used the day to raise public and political awareness of LGBT rights.

The event is held on May 17 because that is the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of the County Council, said: “Flying the Rainbow Flag from our offices is a highly visible demonstration of our continuing commitment to LGBT initiatives.

“Homophobic bullying is totally unacceptable as indeed is any form of bullying. I firmly believe that every organisation should pride itself on treating every person as an individual.

“I am very pleased that Stonewall continues to rank the county council as one of the top 100 LGBT friendly employers in the U.K.”

Louise has also confirmed that the County Council will have a stand at the famous Brighton ‘Pride’ event on September 1 when it will be showcasing a wide range of services.