Barclays Announce Support for IDAHO

Publish Date: 22/04/2013

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is marked every year around the world since 2005 and calls for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people worldwide. It marks the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation on May 17th 1992.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative encourages the community, businesses and organisations to ‘Fly the Flag’ to show their support for LGB people in a visible way.
 
Darren Knight, Head of Policy & Engagement at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Flying the Flag initiative is a fantastic way for people to raise awareness of the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues to have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) communities. We have seen people worldwide take part, even in countries such as Iran, where homosexuality is illegal”.
 
Barclays will be supporting The LGF’s initiative in a number of ways including a message on ATM machines across the country from 15 – 17th May as well as a poster in all 1,700 branches across the UK from 10 – 17th May.

Barnaby Davis, Managing Director of Barclays UK Branch Network comments; “Barclays is really pleased to be able to show our support for IDAHO and the LGBT community through these initiatives across our UK branch network. This is just one way among many we demonstrate our overriding belief in the right of individuals to be themselves. Barclays not only supports, but actively encourages diversity across our business because we understand its value and its importance to our people, our customers and the communities in which we operate”.
 
Darren Knight goes onto say; “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Barclays on this initiative, raising awareness of the importance of 17th May to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and clearly outlining that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are unacceptable."
 
Anyone wanting to take part in our ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative can visit www.lgf.org.uk/flag for more details.