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University flies the flag for IDAHO

Release Date 17 May 2012

Raising a rainbow flag in support of IDAHO

To mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), staff and students from the University and Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) gathered to raise a rainbow flag on the Whiteknights campus this morning.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, speaking at the ceremony said; "The University of Reading has a proud history in promoting an equal and tolerant society and remains an enlightened place to work and study with a strong focus on equality and diversity. This does not mean that we should relax in the confidence that all is well and fair in the world. 

"The fact that around the globe the International Day Against Homophobia remains an important focal point for establishing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people, shows how important it is that we all play our own part in supporting equality in our communities and the wider world."

In 1957, the University of Reading, through its then Vice-Chancellor, Lord Wolfenden, played a significant part towards creating a fairer society in Britain, with the publication of the historic Wolfenden Report. The report recommended that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence". A decade later, these recommendations were finally enshrined in law, changing British society for ever.


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