Somerset Council To Fly Rainbow Flag For IDAHOT

Somerset Regional Council will fly a rainbow flag to recognise the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

For the second consecutive year, a rainbow flag will be flown alongside the Australian flag outside the council’s main administration office at Esk on Tuesday, May 17.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council agreed to support the day to send a clear message of inclusivity.

“Council supports the message behind the International Day Against Homophobia, which is why we are sharing this message of inclusiveness from Council’s main office at Esk,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Raising the rainbow flag is about inclusivity and tolerance and that’s the message we support and encourage in the Somerset community.

“Symbolic gestures such as this are important and if this small gesture helps just one person struggling with discrimination then it’s worth it.”

IDAHOT began in 2004 to shine a light on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.

Noosa Council on the Sunshine Coast also recently announced they would fly a rainbow flag to mark IDAHOT.

Toowoomba Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Toowoomba are holding a rainbow picnic to celebrate.

A number of free public events are planned around Brisbane on both Sunday May 15 and IDAHOT’s official date of Tuesday May 17.

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