Flag flies for IDAHOBiT day

The Formartine Area Committee with the rainbow flag
The Formartine Area Committee with the rainbow flag

Aberdeenshire Council has celebrated International Day Against Homopobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT) by raising the rainbow flag.

IDAHOBiT takes place today (May 17) and it commemorates the 26th anniversary of the World Health Organisation formally removing homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.

The rainbow flag flies outside Towie House in Ellon

The rainbow flag flies outside Towie House in Ellon

The day is recognised in over one hundred countries across the globe in order to raise awareness and help tackle prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The rainbow flag was raised at the council’s Woodhill House headquarters, Viemount House in Stonehaven, Towie House in Ellon and various councillors attending committee meetings posed for pictures holding the flag.

Speaking at the Woodhill House ceremony, Director of Education and Children’s Services Maria Walker said: “This is a really important day for Aberdeenshire Council as an employer to communicate about our work to promote LGBT equality.

“Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK and across the world still face a daily struggle to be accepted without exception.

“We alongside other organisations across the globe are sending out a simple message: we are by your side.”

LGBT tights organisation Stonewall Scotland are encouraging people to show their support on social media with the hashtag #ByYourSide.