Rainbow flags fly for diversity day

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The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) has been marked worldwide to celebrate sexual and gender diversity.

Tens of thousands of Twitter users celebrate on 17 May, using the hashtag #IDAHOT, to share messages of solidarity and support.

Since 2004, the IDAHOT has been commemorated to "draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally".

From Sydney across the globe to London and Paris, the rainbow flag was raised to honour the LGBTI community. Last month, people from around the world told the BBC what the rainbow flag means to them - including unity, safety and love.

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Showing its solidarity, the European Commission tweeted an image of the EU flag with rainbow stars.

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The German football team Borussia Dortmund also shared a flag raised at its stadium, tweeting: "Borussia unites."

After the football team's bus was attacked April, fans of a rival team in Monaco opened up their homes to Dortmund fans.

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And a French association for the fight against HIV/AIDS shared an image of a pedestrian crossing in south west France that was given a rainbow treatment.

The UK's Royal Mail also tweeted a Rainbow Postbox.

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While police in Victoria, Australia tweeted an image of an officer whose "Police" vest logo - traditionally white - was in rainbow colours instead.

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By the UGC and Social News team

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