Shire flies the rainbow flag for IDAHO

Equalities Members Champion Cllr Alison Evison (second from the right), Aberdeenshire Council Straight Ally and Garioch Area Manager Douglas Milne (second from the left) and LGBT Network Group members.
Equalities Members Champion Cllr Alison Evison (second from the right), Aberdeenshire Council Straight Ally and Garioch Area Manager Douglas Milne (second from the left) and LGBT Network Group members.

Aberdeenshire councillors and council staff came together at the council’s headquarters in Aberdeen last week to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) 2015.

This year, IDAHO commemorates the 25th anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO) formally removing homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases.

The day is recognised in over a hundred countries across the globe with the aim of raising awareness and helping tackle prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Aberdeenshire Council marked IDAHO by flying the rainbow flag at Woodhill House. The ceremony was attended by Equalities Members Champions, Aberdeenshire Council Straight Allies and LGBT Network Group members.

Councillor Alison Evison, an Equality Member Champion who attended the flag-raising ceremony, said: “It’s good to see Aberdeenshire celebrating diversity and demonstrating commitment to equalities by flying the rainbow flag at Woodhill House.

“Today we have joined together with thousands of people at hundreds of locations across the world in the spirit of togetherness and with the aim of learning from one another.”

The council is fully committed to equality for all of its staff and has set up an LGBT Staff Network Group which is open to LGBT staff and those with an interest in LGBT issues.