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Images stating you don't have to be gay to fight homophobia

Staff at Wolverhampton Homes are rallying behind its ‘Proud To Be Me Network’ to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoT day).

Up until 25 years ago, being gay was still classed by the World Health Organisation as a mental disorder. Fortunately we’ve moved on a lot since then which is why we’re backing International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT day).

May 17th 1990 was the day that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s international classification of diseases. It has been marked on this day every year around the world since 2005 to raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights to end discrimination based on sexuality and/or gender identity, creating a fairer, more equal society.

Christine Howles is a member of the Proud to be Me Network she said:

I joined the Proud to be Me Network because I want everyone to feel comfortable to be themselves whether they are at work or home. I'm a proud straight ally because I feel that each and every one of us has a role to play to make sure there is equality for all.


We’ve come a long way at Wolverhampton Homes and our Proud to be Me Network has worked hard to make it a place where anyone can feel comfortable to be themselves, but we shouldn’t get complacent, we can be even better.


IDAHoT day gives us the chance to celebrate how far we’ve come but also a chance for us all to reflect about what else we can do, particularly around transphobia and biphobia. I’d ask everyone to reflect on this because, as the picture says, you don't have to be gay to fight homophobia.

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