The Rainbow Flag is to be flown by Plymouth City Council on Monday (May 17) as a symbol of support for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
The flag has been provided by city council partner organisation Plymouth Pride Event, which has become the most successful LGBT festival in the region, last year attracting over 4,000 visitors.
IDAHO gives the city a chance to raise the profile of reporting homophobic and transphobic incidents.
Monday is also the 20th anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases.
Working with Plymouth Pride Event, the city council has produced and distributed leaflets and beer mats which will be available in LGBT venues to offer advice on how to report hate crime.
The Rainbow Flag was created in San Francisco in 1978 and has come to symbolise support for diversity in the way people lead their lives.
It will be flown outside Plymouth Guildhall, which has been a focal point for the annual Plymouth Pride Event celebrations over the past four years.
Plymouth City Council community cohesion co-ordinator Darin Halifax said: “We feel it is very important that we show our support for IDAHO Day by flying the Rainbow Flag outside the Guildhall.
“We will continue to work with partners such as the police to find ways to reduce the number of incidents of homophobia and transphobia in our city, and to raise the profile of reporting such incidents in order to combat them.”
Plymouth Pride Event continues to seek new voluntary trustees to oversee and help with the running of the annual event as the existing post holders step down due to their own work commitments and for health reasons.
Fresh faces are also wanted for the charity’s organising committee to help with some of the tasks which need carrying out.
Plymouth Pride Event treasurer David O’Brien said: “This is a terrific opportunity for people with fresh energy and ideas to come in and help to take a financially sound and well-supported LGBT event into the future.”
Anybody interested in becoming a Plymouth Pride Event trustee or joining the organising committee should email email@example.com or write c/o 36 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4 0EB, as soon as possible.
Further details about the vacancies and more information about the festival can be found by logging on to www.plymouthprideevent.org.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plymouth Pride Event is a registered charity raising awareness of the city’s LGBT communities. It works in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, NHS Plymouth, Out Youth Group, Plymouth Pride Forum, Heart Radio, The Swallow public house, Zeros Nightclub, Eddystone Trust, Intercom Trust, Fyne Times, ‘In Other Words’ Books, She Bang, University of Plymouth, and the TUC South West.