Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


LGBT flag raised to support IDAHOBIT

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is today celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

To mark this important day, the Service has raised its LGBT flag on the flagpole at ECFRS headquarters in Kelvedon Park.

IDAHOBIT is celebrated on May 17 as it marks the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Organisations including Stonewall, who campaign for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain, and the LGBT Foundation are marking the celebration by speaking about the important of building relationships – in particular mental health and well-being.

This week (May 16-22) also marks Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme being relationships.

Matt Hill, chair of BEING, the Service’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employee support network, said: “IDAHOBIT marks an important day in our calendar. It recognises the struggles which have been faced by LGBT people, the difficulties that generations have seen whilst campaigning for equal rights and acceptance.

“But more than this, it is a celebration on how far our world has come in raising awareness and support for LGBT people and looking into the future on what there is left to do.

“IDAHOBIT and Mental Health Awareness Week should be about getting together in safe and open environments where all people, not matter what sexuality, can work towards being stronger and better relationships.”

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