Nottingham hospital to fly rainbow flags in support of IDAHOT Day

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A major hospital in Nottingham is to show its support for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) for a third year in a row, by flying rainbow flags in support.

The Queen’s Medical Centre main entrance and outpatients department, part of City Hospital, will fly the flags in support of IDAHOT Day tomorrow, which promotes LGBT equality.

Stands will also be erected, and staffed by members of the NUH LGBT Staff Network, and staff from the equality and diversity team. The stands aim to promote LGBT equality at NUH.

As well as the flags and awareness event, a quiz night will also be held at the staff social club at City Hospital from 8pm.

Giles Matsell, Head of Equality and Diversity at the hospitals’ trust, said: “We actively promote equality and diversity and have established staff associations giving voice to the diverse minority populations we employ and serve. Feedback has told us that small changes such as flying the Rainbow Flag can mean a lot to people in feeling valued. For the third year running we are proud to be a part of IDAHOT day.”

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), marks the World Health Organisation’s decision on 17 May 1990 to remove the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, in the International Classification of Diseases.

The United Nations earlier this week released a new strong message against homophobia, and in solidarity with the LGBT community.

The UN Human Rights Office released the video message to mark 2013′s IDAHOT, featured the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and addressed LGBT people, saying “you are not alone”.