Bolton marks annual IDAHO event 

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Exhibition displays promoting International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) will go on display in Bolton this week.

The special Day is held every year on May 17, chosen because on May 17 1990 homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The exhibitions feature case studies on homophobia and transphobia and how such behaviour affects people’s lives. They also highlight the importance of reporting incidents to the police.

The displays have been put together by the Gender, Sexuality and Caring Group, chaired by Bolton Council, under the banner of One Bolton. One Bolton is the council's ongoing initiative which celebrates the strength of Bolton's diversity and the community coming together to ensure Bolton continues to be a great place to live and work.

As well as the council, the Gender, Sexuality and Caring group includes representatives from the University of Bolton, Greater Manchester Police, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, UNISON, Bolton CVS, Bolton at Home, NHS Bolton and the Royal Bolton Hospital and it works to challenge homophobia and transphobia within the Bolton community and workplaces. 

The public can see the exhibition displays at Central Library on Thursday May 17, and the University of Bolton will be holding a smaller exhibition.

IDAHO is celebrated in more than 60 countries across the world with the Day providing a platform to raise awareness of homophobic issues that negatively impact on people’s lives and to showcase where positive change has been achieved in improving the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual individuals.

Councillor Rosa Kay, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Human Resources, organisational development and diversity said: “Every year we mark this important day which means so much to people who have suffered due to homophobia and transphobia. As a responsible council we believe in the equal rights of all people, regardless of their background or sexual orientation, and we are proud to be associated with IDAHO.”

Bolton people can pledge their support for IDAHO and One Bolton by visiting the website on the right.

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