Airport is proud to ‘Fly the flag’


Visitors to Manchester Airport will today [17th May] see a new addition to the skies with a Pride flag proudly flying near Terminal 1. The flag has been put in place to visibly mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) in partnership with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and Gaydio.

Since 2010 Manchester Airport has been a key sponsor of Gaydio, the UK’s first dedicated FM radio station for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The station has a monthly travel show that is broadcast from the Airport, which covers a range of news and holiday ideas.

Mark Johnson, Manchester Airport’s Business Services Director, said: “Our strong relationship with Gaydio over the past two years has further strengthened our links with the LGBT community. We have a history of engaging with diverse communities across the region and internationally so today we wanted to visibly show our support and awareness. We are proud to have a diverse workforce as well as being a key contributor to local employment, a major sponsor of the arts and actively supporting economic and cultural diversity in Manchester and the North West.”

‘Flying the Flag’ is an initiative that provides an opportunity to visibly mark ‘International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia’ by flying a rainbow flag or marking the day by taking positive action to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities.

Chris Holliday, Gaydio’s Breakfast Presenter, said: “It's fabulous that Manchester Airport are flying the rainbow flag for IDAHO. We'll also be broadcasting live from Terminal 2 on Thursday morning, offering an insight into being gay around the world. Guests include Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone MP and we'll be crossing live to Russia - where in St Petersburg they've recently introduced anti-gay legislation which bans 'homosexual propaganda'.”

By flying the flag it not only raises awareness of the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues to have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people and communities, but shows recognition of the positive contribution of LGB&T people locally.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation said: “Whilst IDAHO celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and communities, it’s important to acknowledge there is still work to be done and encourage people to take action against homophobia. Homosexuality is still illegal in 76 countries worldwide and punishable by death in 6.”

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals, their friends, families and employers often use rainbow flags or rainbow images as an outward symbol of their identity or to show solidarity and support.

The rainbow flag is said to originate from the late 1970’s when Gilbert Baker flew a hand-dyed flag in the San Francisco Freedom Day Parade.


For further information and to request an image please contact Manchester Airport Press Office on 0161 489 2700 or email

Notes to editors

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is a charity offering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. The LGF campaign for a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential, and their mission is: ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People’. For more information, visit, or call 0845 3 30 30 30

Gaydio is the country’s first and only FM service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and can be found on 88.4fm across Manchester and online at

Published on: 17/05/2012 13:58:19