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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 Birmingham Voices Choir, 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.
The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor said:
We’ve supported this day for the last two years by flying the rainbow flag from the council house, but this is the first year we’ve held a ceremony to promote the day.
While we have made great strides in this country in terms of promoting LGBTQ+ equality, there is still much to do to increase people’s understanding and acceptance of sexual and gender diversity and we hope that this is a small step in showing our support.”