Sunderland prepares to raise the rainbow flag

Written by on 16th May 2018

Sunderland is once again supporting the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) by raising the rainbow flag at the civic centre.

IDAHOT Day is an annual event to show solidarity for sexual and gender diversity, and the flag will be raised at Sunderland Civic Centre at 10am, this Thursday (17th May).

New Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan, will raise the flag, in one of her first official duties since taking over the role.

Members of Sunderland LGBT Equality Forum, the city council’s Supporting Equality Network and the local LGBT community will be joined by supporters and representatives including Gentoo, Northumbria Police and Stonewall to see the Rainbow flag being raised.

The range of people and organisations attending the event support the IDAHOT 2018 theme of ‘Alliances for Solidarity’ which has been chosen in recognition of the importance of strengthening alliances in order to create change.

The incoming Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan said was proud to support the event.

It’s fantastic that so many people are attending to see the Rainbow flag being raised. It shows we are already working in a way that supports the ‘Alliances for Solidarity’ theme of the day. When we come together we can make a real difference in our city. The day is an opportunity for us all to reinforce our partnerships and to reach out to others to raise awareness of the work we do to promote equality of opportunity.”

IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia) was launched in 2004 and has since become internationally recognised.

In 2009 it became IDAHOT when transgender was added to recognise the different issues between sexual orientation and gender expression while in 2015, biphobia was also added to the title.

For more information on the international campaign and for help, support or advice click here.


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