St Helens Council will fly a rainbow coloured flag above the town hall in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO.)
The rainbow flag is a symbol of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender pride and will be flown proudly above the town hall on 17 May as part of a worldwide celebration for sexual and gender diversities.
St Helens Council will not tolerate any form of hate crime and urges victims or witnesses of homophobic, transphobic and biphobic hate crimes to come forward and report the crime, and reiterates the message that St Helens is No Place for Hate!
Hate crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.
If you’ve have been victim to, or have witnessed hate crime, there are many different ways you can report it. You can contact Stop Hate UK by telephone (0800 138 1625), online (www.stophateuk.org) or by text message (07717 989 025 – standard network rates apply).
You can also report it to Merseyside Police on 101. In an emergency situation, call 999.
You can show your show contempt for hate crime by signing an online pledge. If you wish to sign the pledge, go to http:/safer.sthelens.gov.uk/pledges/hate-crime-pledge/
For more information on IDAHO, please visit http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/