Grimsby Institute unveils new mural for IDAHOT Day 2016

Staff and learners from the Grimsby Institute recently celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transgenderphobia (IDAHOT Day) by unveiling a new mural designed to showcase the diversity of life at the Institute.

IDAHOT Day is an International day held in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) members of the community and stands for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transgenderphobia. The celebration is always held on May 17th and marks the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.

The new mural, a rainbow-themed collage of staff and learner handprints, has been created over the past two weeks by inviting members of the Institute community to choose their own colour and apply their handprint to the wall, surrounding the phrase ‘We all have a hand in diversity’.

Learner Mentor, Chloe Hallam, said: “We feel it’s really important to give our LGBT learners across the campus some visual presence and show that we are all part of the same community. This is also a fantastic way of giving everyone the freedom to make their own choice of how they are represented, by choosing their own colour.

 “We’ve had so many people wanted to be involved, sharing it on social media and we’ve been giving everyone a pair of rainbow shoelaces for taking part. Fundamental British Values are really important to us and this a fantastic way to demonstrate our inclusiveness and how we promote tolerance and mutual respect.”

Grimsby Institute Group’s CEO, Gill Alton, joined in the fun an added her handprint to the mural. Gill said:

“It’s really important that we take part in these initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and the promotion of Fundamental British Values across the Group. It’s been wonderful to see so many of our staff and learners wanting to be involved.”