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Greater Manchester marks IDAHOBIT Day 2020

This Sunday (May 17) Greater Manchester is marking IDAHOBIT Day 2020.

This years theme is Break the Silence and people are being urged to do this to show support and solidarity to show support for those who feel they cannot. 

Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes said: “In Greater Manchester we want everyone from all walks of life to feel able to live their life safely as who they are.

“We pride ourselves on being a place of acceptance and diversity but we know some people are still subjected to harmful comments and even violence.

“This IDAHOBIT Day we are all being urged to ‘break the silence’ to support people, to show solidarity to those who feel they cannot speak up. Together we can send that message of unity, tolerance and hope to people not just living in the city-region, but across the country and the world.”

Greater Manchester Lead for Equalities, Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “In Greater Manchester we are proud to be the birthplace of the UK’s LGBT+ rights movement and of the incredible contribution gay, bi, lesbian, trans and non-binary people make to people and communities across our city-region.

“We have made so much progress here to improve the lives of LGBT+ people in Greater Manchester but we are under no illusion that there still so much more to do to make sure everyone feels safe and secure to be open and proud about who they are.

“That is why marking IDAHOBIT Day is so important and while we are all spending more time apart we can all still play our part and ‘break the silence’ by taking to social media or even decorating our homes to make ourselves heard and show our support for LGBT+ people across Greater Manchester.”

Videos messages from our LGBTQ+ Adviser Carl Austin-Behan and Diversity and Exclusivity Manager Jax Effiong will also be shared on our social media accounts on Sunday to mark the day. 

Article Published: 15/05/2020 12:13 PM