Tuesday, 17 May 2016
The rainbow flag will fly above City Hall for the next week to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT).
Around 100 people from local community organisations, businesses and community groups gathered to watch the flag raising and show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
General Manager Community Life Linda Quinn said the flag raising sent a strong message of support to the community.
“The City of Greater Geelong continues to support LGBTI people and to celebrate diversity within our community.”
“It was fantastic to see people from all walks of life celebrating IDAHoBIT and importantly coming together to display a strong message of tolerance and acceptance of others,” she said.
Council, through its GASP program, has been supporting young LGBTI people for over 18 years now and it is the third time the rainbow flag has been raised above City Hall.
IDAHoBIT was established in 2004 and is celebrated on May 17 each year in more than 130 countries – this year’s theme is mental health and well being.
Ms Quinn said it was important to acknowledge that many LGBTI people still experience discrimination and harassment which can have lasting effects on their mental health.
For more information please contact the Youth Development Unit on 5272 4688 or visit: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/