Each year on 17 May, the world comes together for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

The day draws attention to the prejudice, violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all other people (LGBT+) defined within the community.  

The date was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. 

Today it is a day where we reflect on the experiences faced by the LGBT+ community at home and around the world and what we can do to learn and change. 

If you are near the Civic Centre today, you will see the Rainbow Flag is flying high outside to show the council’s support and solidarity for the LGBT+ community.