HAMPSHIRE organisations will be ‘flying the flag’ in support of the transgender community.

Bosses at Hampshire County Council and Solent University say they will hoist the pink and blue flag as part of a new campaign.

It comes as the CEO of trans charity Chrysalis releases new figures showing that more than a quarter of trans people surveyed by the Fareham-based charity have attempted suicide.

As reported Andi Maratos said 26 per cent of the charity’s clients said they had made at least one attempt to kill themselves.

Now Andi has launched a campaign to show the Hampshire trans community that they have the support of others in the run up to International Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR), on November 20, which remembers those around the world who have lost their lives due to transphobic hatred or violence.

The charity is asking organisations to put up the trans flag in their workplace.

Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “As a Local Authority, we are pleased to show our support for the transgender community by flying the flag on the Day of Remembrance.

“Violence in any form, against any member of any community is unacceptable; we therefore wish to join with others to commemorate those who have lost their lives, and will continue to work with the transgender community across Hampshire to build tolerance, support and understanding for all.”

David Wright, co-chair of Solent University’s LGBT staff network added: “We believe it is important to demonstrate our support for those people in our own academic community who identify as transgender or non-binary by marking events such as TDOR and Trans Day of Visibility (in March). We want to play our part in helping to create a world that not only better understands and accepts our differences, but that sees them as something positive that enriches the societies we live in.”