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Police fly rainbow flag to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia




The rainbow flag outside Leicestershire police headquarters
The rainbow flag outside Leicestershire police headquarters

The rainbow flag is flying outside the headquarters of Leicestershire police today in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biophobia (IDAHOTB).

IDAHOTB is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities and takes place annually on May 17 because up until this date in 1990, homosexuality was still classified as a mental disorder.

May 17 is considered the single most important date for LGBT communities.

As well as flying the flag there will also be social media posts and Sergeant Joanne Harland, LGBT network co-chair for Leicestershire police, has produced a video in support and celebration of the day to demonstrate the force proudly supports equality.

Sergeant Harland said: “Leicestershire Police and the LGBT Network are again very pleased we have the support and opportunity to recognise the significance and importance of the day.

"We've come a long way in giving people the confidence to be themselves, but there's always more we can do as there are still people who don't feel that they can openly talk about their partner and life outside of work.

"Being able to be who you are both in and out of work should be the same for everyone regardless of gender identity or any other protected characteristic."

SCO Lee Williams, Sgt Lindsey Booth, ACC Julia Debenham and Sgt Joanne Harland
SCO Lee Williams, Sgt Lindsey Booth, ACC Julia Debenham and Sgt Joanne Harland

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said she was delighted to be celebrating and promoting IDAHOTB.

"It is really important that we recognise and value each other for who we are.

"While we have made a lot of progress over the past years, I know that people continue to face intolerance and prejudice."

Melton police also Tweeted their support for the day.

Hate incidents or hate crimes can be reported to Leicestershire Police on 101 or in emergency please call 999.

Anonymous reports can be made to your local council or via the Stamp It Out website: www.stamp-it-out.co.uk



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