International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)
Each year, Hobsons Bay City Council raises the rainbow flag to acknowledge International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT is the international day for taking action for a prejudice-free world regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
This event began in 2004 and is observed on 17 May because this was the date the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990. Despite this, many members of the GLBTIQ community still face discrimination, prejudice and stigmatization. This year, the theme for IDAHOBIT is Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Supporting and acknowledging IDAHOBIT is one step forward in strengthening human rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, sex or gender identity. It symbolises our support for and commitment to reducing the barriers faced by GLBTIQ people in our communities.
In 2016, this important event was celebrated on Monday 16 May with a rainbow flag raising ceremony followed by a morning tea. Speeches were delivered by Deputy Mayor Sandra Wilson and one of our Hobsons Bay GLBTIQ Advisory Committee members, Russell Brown.
IDAHOBIT is a day where you can stand with the GLBTIQ community in committing to creating a world free of discrimination that promotes the overall health, wellbeing and inclusion of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.