Rainbow flag flying

The IDAHO flag.
The IDAHO flag.

WEST Sussex County Council buildings flew the rainbow flag to mark IDAHO – the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - today.

Hundreds of organisations in more than 50 countries have used the day to raise public and political awareness of LGBT rights.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of the County Council, said: “Flying the Rainbow Flag from our offices is a highly visible demonstration of our continuing commitment to LGBT initiatives.

“Homophobic bullying is totally unacceptable as indeed is any form of bullying. I firmly believe that every organisation should pride itself on treating every person as an individual.

“I am very pleased that Stonewall continues to rank the County Council as one of the top 100 LGBT friendly employers in the U.K.”

The event is held on May 17 - the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.