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Rainbow flag flies above Richmond Council for IDAHOBIT Day

17 May 2022

Richmond Council is flying the rainbow flag today (Tuesday 17 May), to recognise IDAHOBIT Day 2022

IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) draws attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. 

The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. 

The theme for 2022 is ‘Our bodies, Our rights, Our choice’.  

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said: 

“The Council is committed to making Richmond upon Thames a fairer and safer place for all. Violence and discrimination against anyone based on their sexuality or gender identity is a hate crime. We work year-round with our partners, residents and communities to raise awareness and put a stop to hate crimes experienced by LGBTI communities.  

“But today is a day when we encourage everyone to reflect on how they are supporting our LGBTI communities and the role they can play in making our borough diverse, inclusive and safe for those who live, work and visit here.” 

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Updated: 17 May 2022

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