May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). A day when rainbow and transgender flags would usually be flying across the city and our monuments lit up to celebrate.
This is an important date for LGBTQ+ communities; the celebration brings together millions of people from all over the World, to recognise human rights for all, including countries where same sex acts are illegal. It’s a day to raise awareness and show solidarity. More than ever we need to show our support for those LGBTQ+ people who continue to face harassment, discrimination and even violence for being who they are.
Pete Lenehan, Executive Director of Finance said:
“At Gentoo, our vision is about inspired people and strong communities. We believe that one of the things that make a community strong is an understanding that diversity is something that we should value and celebrate.
Events and activities that increase awareness and understanding about different groups, can help break down barriers. They help communities and workplaces to become stronger and to feel more welcoming and inclusive for everyone.”
Despite being unable to host our usual celebrations, we're marking the day virtually by hosting a IDAHOBIT themed quiz for staff and planning a virtual 'Diversitea Party' for our residents and tenants.
You can find out more about our commitment to Equality and Diversity here: https://www.gentoogroup.com/about-us/equality-diversity/