Sheffield prepares to make noise against homophobia and transphobia

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A ‘one minute noise’ to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will take place in Sheffield tomorrow.

The event at the Peace Gardens aims to raise awareness of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across the world.

It commemorates the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Key speakers will pledge their support at the event and will close with a ‘one-minute noise’ which originated at Sheffield’s first IDAHOT event and has since been recreated across the globe.

Steve Slack, community engagement manager for Sexual Health Sheffield, is giving the opening address at the event.

He said: “Now in its 10th year, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is an important date for everyone to realise the profound effects that homophobia, and transphobia can have on an individual’s life, their health and their wellbeing.

“These prejudices affects us all and we hope you, your friends, families, colleagues and partners will be able to join us in supporting this important event by bringing banners, whistles and your voices to visibly demonstrate that these forms of discrimination are unacceptable and have no place in our society.”

The event will take place between 12pm and 1pm on Sunday, May 17, with the ‘one minute noise’ taking place at about 12.30pm.

Museums Sheffield will be celebrating the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities by hosting an afternoon of free activities, exhibitions and information stalls in the Millennium Galleries between 1pm-4pm.

IDAHOT in Sheffield has been organised by Sexual Health Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Museums Sheffield, E.D.E.N. Film Productions, SAYiT, LGBT Sheffield and Sheffield PRIDE.