Flags fly with pride in Edinburgh this weekend

Rainbow flag

This Sunday is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and we're showing our support from the rooftop of the City Chambers.

This Sunday is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) . IDAHOBIT was created in 2004 and the date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

The theme this year is ‘Breaking the Silence’ and while most people know what homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are, many are unaware of what Intersexism is. Intersexism is the dislike of or prejudice against intersex people. An intersex person “is born with a combination of male and female biological traits”. It’s still unknown how many categories or types of intersex people there are. Find out more about intersex.

Council Leader, Adam McVey, said: “This weekend, both the rainbow and the pink, white and blue flags will fly with pride from the roof of the City Chambers. We stand up to hate and discrimination of any kind and want everyone in our City to know they are welcome and equal citizens. Let’s show Edinburgh’s support this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.”

Depute Leader, Cammy Day, said: “We are proud to be a LGBT+ inclusive Council and a workplace where everyone is accepted and supported. This year, our STRIDE staff network is helping to create a sense of inclusion within the Council and is sharing virtual information on this annual event. We might not be able to be together in person on Sunday, but we can certainly unite in spirit to support each other.”

 

Published: May 15th 2020