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Council staff to wear orange ribbons for IDAHOT

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Islington Council is joining campaigners worldwide to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), which takes place on Sunday May 17.

Staff are wearing orange ribbons to support the campaign, which draws attention to the violence and discrimination experience by LGBTI people around the world

Islington Council leader Cllr Richard Watts said: “Islington has a well-earned reputation for tolerance, but sadly homophobic bullying and harassment still occur in our borough, this country and around the world.

“Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and we will fight to put a stop to homophobic abuse and attacks on people living and working in our community.

“By encouraging people to wear the orange ribbon this week we are sending out a message of solidarity to people who facing abuse around the globe.”

Homosexual acts are still outlawed in 37 countries around the world.

For more information about IDAHOT, visit: http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org 

NOTES TO EDITORS
Stonewall also provides a range of helpful information and resources about homophobic bullying in schools as part of its Education for All campaign at: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/

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