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Rainbow flag on WU Campus

17/06/2016

WU is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff members.

To give increased visibility to the diversity of different ways of life, gender identities, and sexual orientations at our university, a number of WU faculty members, staff members, and students have established a special networking group at WU. The Rector’s Council welcomes this initiative and has decided to fly the rainbow flag on campus as a sign of diversity and open-mindedness.

The rainbow flag is an international symbol representing the diversity of different identities and ways of life. It is a sign of solidarity with people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The horrifying Orlando shooting has tragically reminded us that rejection, hate, and violence towards people who choose non-heterosexual lifestyles are still part of our societies today. This makes it even more important to stand up against homophobia and send a message of solidarity.  

Starting next year, WU will fly the rainbow flag on May 17 every year. This day commemorates the fact that it was only on May 17, 1990, that the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminated homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.  

WU’s rainbow flag was donated to the university by Queer Business Women (QBW) and Austrian Gay Professionals (agpro). We would like to thank these organizations for their support.

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