Rainbow flag flys over Halifax Town Hall

Sunshine on Halifax Town Hall, with blue sky above.
Sunshine on Halifax Town Hall, with blue sky above.

Sunday May 17 is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and every year, Calderdale Council flies the rainbow flag from Halifax Town Hall as a show of support.

This visible and colourful support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities emphasises the council’s commitment to equality, in recognition of IDAHOT.

The IDAHOT campaign started in 2004, when a group of international activists took the decision to commemorate May 17 as a day of global importance to the LGBT community. This day was chosen as it was the date that the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders, in 1990.

To mark the day, Calderdale Council will fly the rainbow flag from one of the most prominent buildings in the borough, Halifax Town Hall.