Gentoo residents gather to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
Residents at Gentoo’s extra care facility Haddington Vale gathered yesterday to celebrate IDAHOT, a national day used to challenge prejudice, raise awareness and declare zero tolerance for homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
The day commenced with a talk from Gentoo’s Deputy Director of Gentoo Sunderland, Lucy Malarkey who discussed how some older people may find it particularly difficult to be open about their gender identity or sexual orientation having grown up in a society where being Lesbian, Gay Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) was not welcomed.
Next they moved on to a general knowledge quiz with questions based on diversity and inclusion. The winning team ‘the know-it-alls’ consisting of 8 Haddington Vale residents, impressed with their knowledge and took home the top prizes.
It was then rounded off with the unveiling of a plaque which will be a permanent fixture in Haddington Vale, acting as a reminder and reassuring message to all visitors and residents of our collaborative commitment to LGBT inclusivity.
Lucy Malarkey, Deputy Director of Gentoo Sunderland said: “As a Stonewall Star Performer, Gentoo strive for LGBT equality and actively work to create inclusive environments for our staff, customers and the wider community. It was incredibly rewarding to be part of the day and spend time with some of our residents, helping to raise awareness of the issues surrounding LGBT inclusivity.”