IDAHO put homophobia in the spotlight

Newcastle City Council will be pledging its support to an international campaign tackling homophobia and transphobia later this week.

We will be marking IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Thursday, 17 May with the raising of a rainbow flag at the Civic Centre. 

To celebrate IDAHO the council in partnership with Unison will be holding an event at the Civic Centre from 11am to 2pm which will give people help and advice on tackling homophobia.

Unison will also be showing a film on homophobia plus there will be a talk to encourage people to report homophobic hate crimes by ARCH.

The Tyne and Wear ARCH report line offers support to victims of hate crime including homophobia and transphobia, by assisting people to get the help they need and to ensure action is taken against those responsible for these hate crimes.

There will be other events happening across the city in support of IDAHO which have been arranged in partnership with MESMAC North East.

The city council is committed to tackling homophobia and earlier this year published its equality objectives for the next three years which show how we plan to advance equality, tackle discrimination and establish good relations across communities.

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said:  "Homophobia and transphobia are issues the whole council takes extremely seriously so I am proud that we will be supporting IDAHO.  Newcastle's LGBT community continue to make a massive contribution to our city's culture and economy so this day will illustrate why crimes like this will not be tolerated by the people of this city.  I would urge anyone who has been a victim of this discrimination to talk to ARCH who will give confidential advice on how to take reporting homophobia further."

For more information about Newcastle City Council's equality objectives go to www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council/equality-and-diversity

To report a homophobic or transphobic incident you can call the ARCH help line on 08000 323 288.

For more information about other citywide events which are being held to mark IDAHO go to http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council/equality-and-diversity/events.