Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance marked International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by distributing information leaflets to help combat hate crime. On Friday 16th May Hastings and Rother Councils flew the rainbow flag again over their Town Halls for IDAHOBIT. Rother council officers joined HRRA members outside Rother Town Hall. The rainbow flag has been the symbol of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans pride since the 1970s. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community.
Nadine West and Les Tostevin Co Chairs of HRRA said “On IDAHOBIT events are held across the world calling for respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people. 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. Sadly the daily lives of many LGBT people in UK 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. Hate crimes include physical assault, verbal abuse, obscene calls or texts, letters or e-mails or damage to property.”
HRRA are working to encourage reporting of homophobic or transphobic hate crimes and to support those who have been victims.