Dudley will be staging its first ever International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) in May.
IDAHOTB is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. Hundreds of events in over 120 countries across the world take place to mark this significant day within the LGBTQ+ community.
Dudley Council has flown the rainbow flag from the Council House to support the day for the past two years, but this year is hosting its first ever flag flying ceremony in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. The theme of this year’s international day is celebrating justice and protection for all.
A short ceremony will take place on 17 May at Coronation Gardens at 11.30am, hosted by the Mayor of Dudley. The rainbow flag will be raised above Dudley Castle and the Council House, the event will include short speeches from the Mayor and other invited guests.
The event will culminate in a special performance by In Sound Company, an inclusive choir created by Wordsley-born Chris Passey and Richard Skilbeck. Having toured the UK with Josh Groban and Russell Watson as well as notable appearances on Songs of Praise, Birmingham Voices will join forces with Kimichi School in Birmingham as well as schools from Dudley and the wider Midlands to create a truly unique performance experience.
Joining them will be rising star Liam Price and Dudley drag star, Athena Heart.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will run until 12.30pm.
To book a free place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=60520082195