PROUD MOMENT: Mayor Paul Pisasale joins PFLAG members Deb Grading and Matthew Wells to raise the flag.
PROUD MOMENT: Mayor Paul Pisasale joins PFLAG members Deb Grading and Matthew Wells to raise the flag. Contributed

Region raises the flag for gay rights

IPSWICH and Somerset councils joined in raising the rainbow flag for the first time yesterday, recognising the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale joined members of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in raising the rainbow flag outside the main Ipswich City Council building.

The rainbow flag is the international symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride and diversity.

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The city's major cultural centres the Ipswich Civic Centre and Studio 188 were set to display rainbow lighting to mark the day and PFLAG Ipswich organised a dinner at Pizza Capers, North Ipswich.

Somerset Regional Council is also flying a rainbow flag to mark the day.

Brisbane council is celebrating IDAHOT day by flying a rainbow flag above Brisbane City Hall and having rainbow lights on the Story Bridge.

IDAHOT is a global day aimed at drawing people's attention to discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

All groups, workplaces and schools are invited to hold events and wear purple for the day to raise awareness.


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