HASTINGS and Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) marked International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) last Friday (May 16) by distributing information leaflets in the town to help combat hate crime.
The borough council also joined in the event by flying the rainbow flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans pride since the 1970s, over the Town Hall in Priory Meadow.
The flag’s colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community.
Nadine West and Les Tostevin, co-chairmen of Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance, said: “On IDAHOBIT events are held across the world calling for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
“May 17 was chosen because the date is the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
“Transphobia was added to homophobia in 2011. Sadly the daily lives of many LGBT people in UK are still overshadowed by the fear of hate crime. These hate crimes are incidents which are perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or a prejudice based on person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hate crimes include physical assault, verbal abuse, obscene calls or texts, letters or emails or damage to property.”
Established in 2003, the HRRA works to encourage the reporting of homophobic or transphobic hate crimes and to provide support and advice to those who have been victims.
For more details and information about HRRA please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see their website www.hrra.org.uk.