International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to raise awareness of LGBT rights and inclusion.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to celebrate this day with our staff, volunteers, local community and the rest of the world as a way of raising awareness and showing solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Mark Cashin commented:

‘More than ever we need to show our support for those LGBT+ people who continue to face exclusion, harassment, discrimination and even violence for being who they are.

This year is very different to any other, normally public events would be organised in the community, in the workplace and educational settings in almost all countries across the world. In the UK, you would see rainbow flags being flown this weekend for another reason entirely. Social distancing measures have restricted access this year and with so many pride events being cancelled, we feel there is a need to amplify and increase LGBT visibility, awareness, acceptance and inclusion through any ways has never been greater.   

As an inclusive organisation, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and intersexphobia simply has no place in our society. We will always reaffirm our commitment to equality, diversity, human dignity and human rights’.

For any further information related to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please contact Benji Evans, Equality and Inclusion Officer, via email: benji.evans@cheshirefire.gov.uk or Telephone: 01606 868414.