The Co-operative Group is Flying the Rainbow Flag

Manchester-based The Co-operative Group are supporting The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s (LGF) ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative as part of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17th May.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is marked every year around the world since 2005 and calls for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people worldwide. It marks the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation on May 17th 1992.

The Co-operative has donated 100 rainbow flags as part of a competition in partnership with The LGF and gay radio station, Gaydio. To be in for a chance to win, listeners are asked to think of the most original and creative place they can fly a flag.

The Co-operative have also offered a special prize to whoever comes up with the most creative interpretation of the rainbow flag to highlight homophobia and transphobia and help celebrate LGBT identities across the world.

Darren Knight, Head of Policy & Engagement at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments; “We are thrilled to have the support of The Co-operative on this initiative, raising awareness of the importance of 17th May to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people”

Thomas Anderson, Co-chair of the Respect network, The Co-operative comments “2013 will mark the third year The Co-operative has supported International Day Against Homophobia. In the run up to the day we are raising awareness to our 105,000 employees, increasing knowledge and understanding of homophobia that is unfortunately still very real in all corners of the world. We will be engaging our 4,800 stores in the Respect network’s Rainbow Bake-off and in store Rainbow Days as well as proudly flying the pride flag from our major occupancy sites around the UK.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the pride flags The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are supplying to organisations around the North West.”

For more information and to take part in IDAHO 2013 and for your chance to win a rainbow flag visit


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