Pensioners in Sunderland join fight against homophobia

Residents at Sunderland's Haddington Vale celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, IDAHOT.
Residents at Sunderland's Haddington Vale celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, IDAHOT.
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Pensioners at a Wearside care home came together in the fight against homophobia.

Residents at Gentoo’s extra care facility, Haddington Vale, gathered to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, IDAHOT, which is a national day used to challenge prejudice, raise awareness and declare zero tolerance for homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

The day started with a talk from the 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 eight 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 the housing group's collaborative commitment to LGBT inclusivity.

Lucy Malarkey, said: "As a Stonewall Star Performer, Gentoo strives for LGBT equality and actively works 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.”