County Hall is flying the flag against homophobia

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A rainbow flag has been hoisted above County Hall in Preston to mark an event to raise awareness of homophobia.

Young people in Lancashire will be taking part in a series of activities today, including an art competition, to raise their awareness and increase their understanding of homophobia in a bid to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, IDAHOT.

The date was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from the international classification of diseases, and it has become a widely recognised date for people around the world to raise awareness of prejudices and inequalities.

To demonstrate its support, Lancashire County Council agreed for the Rainbow Flag to be flown above County Hall this weekend.

Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “I firmly believe that, as a county, Lancashire is a place that positively welcomes people from all parts of our community. And, as an inclusive employer whose workforce represents the cultural make-up of the people we serve, we are proud to add our voice to support this hugely important event.”

The winning artwork will be included in a display for Preston’s gay pride event on September 27.