Local residents and businesses are invited to come together at The Guildhall on Friday 17 May to show their support for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

Activities begin at 9.30am in front of the Guildhall, where the LGBQT flag will be raised and displayed for the day.

Residents are then welcome to join the new Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Nazim Choudary, and Matthew Toresen, Chair of Northampton’s LGBTQ Forum, in the Guildhall Courtyard at 11am to raise their voices, hit drums, blow whistles for a minute of noise, following short speeches.

Refreshments and information Unison and Northampton’s LGBTQ Forum, will be available in the Courtroom until 12pm.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet members for community engagement and safety, said: “We’re proud that Northampton has so many diverse communities, which is why marking this awareness day in the town is so important.

“No one should feel discriminated and so we encourage as many people as possible, to join us at 11am on 17 May as we raise awareness of the importance of tolerance and respect, and celebrate sexual and gender diversities.”