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Rainbows fly high on global day against homophobia and transphobia

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The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Paul Pegg, raised the rainbow flag today (17 May 2016) in the River Gardens to mark ‘International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia’.

He was joined by the newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Hardyal Dhindsa, who said a few words about LGBT hate crime, Derby City Council’s employee network members and Derby Equality and Diversity Network

Council staff are also supporting the day by wearing rainbow themed accessories, ties, bracelets, badges and lanyards.

Mayor of the City of Derby Councillor Paul Pegg, said: “Today we play our small part in this worldwide event, celebrating the freedoms we enjoy in our country while remembering the billions of people across the world who do not have the basic rights to choose who they are and who they love.’’

Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, said: “Diversity enriches our communities and no-one should be victimised because of difference to someone else’s perceived norm.  Hopefully, with a very basic principle of treating people with equal respect and showing by our support that hate crime will not be tolerated, we can encourage a more inclusive society.”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia’ is part of a global campaign to unite people against the violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experience internationally – this year’s theme is Mental Health and Well Being.

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Posted on Tuesday 17th May 2016
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