The Rainbow Flag will fly outside Crawley Town Hall for the first time on Sunday (May 17) to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
It will be flown to demonstrate Crawley Borough Council’s support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and its support in tackling discrimination and hate crime.
The council has worked with the Fixers Project to support the Crawley Young Persons Council’s campaign to promote the use of the word ‘gay’ in a positive way. This has resulted in a short film (www.youtube.com/watch?v=grqJb0rWuh4).
The film came about as a result of discussions at a youth conference and led into workshop material to accompany the clip, which is taken into schools. Workshops have already been run in Thomas Bennett Community College and Hazelwick School and two youth conferences.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was launched in 2005 to stop victimisation, harassment and bullying while providing a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.
Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “We will be flying the Rainbow Flag at the Town Hall to demonstrate our support for LGBT communities in the town and further afield.
“Crawley Borough Council is committed to fighting against all forms of discrimination. This is another way to show that we do not tolerate homophobia or transphobia.
“We want our communities to be safe places where everyone is able to be themselves without fear of bullying, intimidation, abuse or harm.
“Many parts of the world do not offer the same freedoms to LGBT communities as we do in the UK so it’s important to support this event both locally and internationally.”
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