SUNDERLAND displayed colours of support for its gay, lesbian and trans-sexual community.
The rainbow flag flew above the civic centre in recognition of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – Idaho day – which is aimed at combating hate and prejudice.
City councillor Florence Anderson, said: “Sunderland prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive city and supports all parts of our community, including those who can perhaps feel vulnerable or unrepresented at times.
“During my time as both deputy leader and portfolio holder responsible for promoting equality and diversity, I have been fully committed to supporting these groups and I am delighted and proud that the city council is a Stonewall Champion taking a stand against homophobic bullying.”
This is the third year the flag has been flown over Sunderland Civic Centre to raise awareness of the day.
There are also a host of other activities taking place in a bid to combat prejudice in the city.
This year, for the first time, there will be a Sunderland Pride event in the city centre on September 25, which is aimed at celebrating equality in the city.