In Calderdale we’re proud to say that everyone is different and everyone matters. By this, we mean that no matter who you are, what background you come from or what your beliefs are, we value everyone for who they are. As part of living these values, we’re working with Stonewall to help us continue our journey to ensure we have services that are accessible and inclusive for everyone.
By working together we make a difference - not just for the people of Calderdale, but for our staff too.
Calderdale Council celebrates IDAHOT
On 17 May every year, Calderdale Council recognises International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) by flying the rainbow flag from the Halifax Town Hall.
The IDAHOT campaign started in 2004, when a group of international activists took the decision to commemorate 17 May as a day of global importance to the LGBT community, to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990. Recognised in over 50 countries, IDAHOT advocates for quality and support for people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities (LGBT) who are faced with homophobic or transphobic harassment.
Calderdale has a large and vibrant LGBT community, and the Council acknowledges and identifies with the diverse communities that make up the community of Calderdale. We believe that everyone should be valued for who they are. To continue supporting this, we are working with Stonewall , Britain’s leading gay, lesbian and bisexual equality organisation to help demonstrate our commitment to equality even further. Stonewall provides a range of helpful information and resources about homophobic bullying in schools and in places of work as part of its Education for all campaign .
For more information on IDAHOT, see IDAHOT .