Make Some Noise for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

Published: Thursday, 12 May 2016

Northampton Borough Council is inviting people to come along and make some noise on Tuesday 17 May at midday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The event will start in the Guildhall courtyard at midday with councillors and representatives from community groups giving short speeches and making some noise to raise awareness of the day and of all those people who are unable to speak out due to homophobia, transphobia, hate crime and prejudice.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia gives us all the chance to take time to remember those who have suffered from hate or prejudice because of their sexuality or any reason to do with who they are.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “We hope everyone will join us for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17 to raise their voices against the violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face all over the world.

“This is an important event as it raises awareness about people who have suffered from hate or prejudice because of their sexuality.”

Northampton Borough Council is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among its workforce as well as eliminating unlawful discrimination. It wants its workforce to be representative of its communities and customers and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.