Talking West Cheshire

Council supports ‘Love Music Hate Homophobia’ event

20 April 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), taking place on 17 May.

The council is supporting the free “Love Music Hate Homophobia” event, being held at Chester’s Guildhall on Saturday, 19 May from 2pm to 6pm.

As well as live music from local bands, there will be a selection of community stands providing advice and information. The event will also have competitions and prizes, along with a licensed bar, tea room and face painting.

The day of entertainment has been organised by the University of Chester working with a number of partner agencies as well as the council, including Chester Students’ Union, Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Body Positive Cheshire and North Wales, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation and LGBT Youth North West.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

The Council’s Equality and Diversity Champion, Councillor Razia Daniels, who will speak at the Love Music Hate Homophobia event, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council strives to create a borough where everyone can enjoy an environment that is inclusive, respectful and free from victimisation and hate.

“I hope as many people as possible will be able to make the exciting event on 19 May to show their support for IDAHO day.”

The council will also mark IDAHO day by flying the rainbow flag at their HQ in Chester and at other council buildings across the borough.

Councillor Daniels added: "Raising the flag on 17 May will be a public demonstration of our commitment to equality and celebrating our diverse communities. In the United Kingdom, we have seen a number of legal changes in recent years which have led to greater equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

The colourful flag is a popular symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and was flown from council buildings earlier this year to show the council’s support for LGBT History month in February.

There are over 75 countries in the world today where it is a criminal offence to be gay.

For more information about the event visit the Love Music Hate Homophobia Facebook page.

Rainbow flag

Photo caption: The rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, will be flown from council buildings on 17 May to show the Council’s support for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).