IDAHOBIT – 17 May 2013

Fighting Hate Crime, Homophobia and Transphobia

On Friday 17th May Rother and Hastings Councils will fly the rainbow flag over their Town Halls for IDAHOBIT. May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Events are held across the world calling for respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

In 2012 Rother flew the Rainbow flag over the Town Hall for the first time. Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance are having an information stall and giving out rainbow ribbons outside Rother Town Hall on Friday 17th May. The rainbow flag has been the symbol of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans pride and LGBT social movements since the 1970s. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. IDAHOBIT started as the National Day Against Homophobia in Quebec in 2003 and has spread worldwide. May 17th was chosen because the date is the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Transphobia was added to homophobia in 2011.

Mary Benton, HRRA Secretary said “When Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance hold information stalls people often make comments like “Surely there is no prejudice against Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans people nowadays?” Sadly, we have to say “YES there is still a lot of prejudice, discrimination and hate crime against LGBT people! Despite significant progress towards securing legislative equality, the daily lives of many LGBT people are still overshadowed by the fear of hate crime. These hate crimes are incidents which are perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or a prejudice based on person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. They could be physical assault, verbal abuse, obscene calls or texts, letters or e-mails or damage to property.

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On 17th May HRRA are launching a new information leaflet (hate crime leaflet 2013) to help combat hate crime against LGBT people and launching our new LGBT friendly stickers for local organisations to show support for LGBT people. Come and join us!”

For details contact HRRA.

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