Cleveland’s police commissioner backs IDAHO – the international campaign against homophobia

Police and Crime Comissioner Barry Coppinger
Police and Crime Comissioner Barry Coppinger

A POLICE commissioner has backed an international campaign against homophobia.

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger attended a balloon launch for International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO).

A rainbow flag was flown high on the mast at the entrance to Cleveland Police Headquarters in Ladgate Lane.

The force also promoted a national video via social media sites, internally and on

Mr Coppinger said: “In 2013 it’s a sad prospect that people from the LGBT community are still facing issues of discrimination and hate.

“The IDAHO marks exactly 20 years since the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental illness.

“While we have come far over recent years there is still work to be done.”

Mr Coppinger attended the balloon event in Middlesbrough town centre.