Withernsea RNLI flies the flag for IDAHOBIT
Withernsea Lifeboat Station is showing its supports for today's International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Withernsea is one of a number of RNLI locations flying the rainbow flag.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on 17 May and the RNLI are showing their support by flying the rainbow flag alongside their own station flag, lifeguard units and shops.
Several members of the Withernsea volunteer lifeboat crew attended the station to show support in raising the rainbow flag, alongside David Scott (Area Lifesaving manager) and Alex Richardson (Lead Lifeguard supervisor).
One of the newest crew members, Shaun Harrison commented: 'It feels good to be involved, to be part of such an important event.'
Aidan Gorman, also a crew member said: 'The RNLI are an extremely diverse organisation and welcomes anyone regardless of their ethnicity or sexuality'.
David Scott, Area Lifesaving Manager attends the station regularly, and was involved in organising todays show of support for IDAHOBIT.
He reflected on the day saying: 'It is fantastic to see the RNLI family supporting such a significant event within the LGBT community. The RNLI want to create a vibrant environment that promotes dignity and respect to all, welcoming volunteers into the charity that save lives at sea.'
Alex Richardson, Lead Lifeguard Supervisor says: ‘The RNLI is for everyone, it fills me with such pride to be part of the team and a part of this event.’
The LGBT+ Network is made up of a group of people who are here to support everyone who identifies under the rainbow flag, be it managers, volunteers, staff, friends or families.
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