SUNDERLAND is flying the flag in the fight against homophobia.
The rainbow flag raising at the Civic Centre, in Burdon Road, was in support of International Day Against Homophobia (Idaho).
The national event aims to boost respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and combat hate and prejudice.
Members of the LGBT Partners Group and supporters were joined by Councillor Iain Kay, the new Mayor of Sunderland, to mark the flag-raising.
“I am honoured that one of my first duties as Mayor of Sunderland is to join in the raising of the rainbow flag, and in doing so show the world Sunderland’s continued support of Idaho Day,” said Coun Kay.
“Sunderland is a city with a rich tapestry of diverse people, and in Sunderland we pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive city.
“We support all parts of our community including those who can perhaps feel vulnerable or unrepresented at times.
“The city council is a Stonewall Champion and it is only fitting that we use Idaho Day to once again highlight this issue which has no place in our city.”
It is the fourth year the flag has been flown over Sunderland to raise awareness of the day, which will see a range of other events taking place across the city to combat homophobia and transphobia.
People who have experienced or witnessed homophobia or transphobia on Wearside can now report it to a confidential reporting line.
Sunderland Arch is on 08000 778 378.