Council to fly Rainbow flag against homophobia

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A rainbow flag will be flown again by West Sussex County Council later this week to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The multi-coloured banner will be hung from its buildings on Friday May 17 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

The worldwide event was launched a decade ago to stop discrimination, harassment and bullying

The County Council, which has flown the rainbow flag since 2010, was named in the UK’s top 100 LGBT-friendly employers last year by gay rights organisation Stonewall.

The authority has also worked with young people at Worthing-based charity Blueprint 22 to produce images on their feelings of sexuality.

West Sussex Conservative Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “The County Council will be flying the rainbow flag to show our support for all LGBT communities.

“It is also a good chance to demonstrate how we are opposed to all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and hate crime.”

To find out more about next month’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia visit www.westsussex.gov.uk