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IDAHOBIT celebrates the importance of inclusion and equality.

15 May 2020

This Sunday 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

On this day 30 years ago, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

Canberra has a long history of LGBTIQ+ people coming together to support each other, and to advocate for the realisation of human rights for all Canberrans.

On IDAHOBIT, Canberrans stand alongside the LGBTIQ+ community to celebrate the significant progress of inclusion and equality that have been made in the city.

However, while we are proud of these achievements, there is more work to do to overcome the challenges and discrimination faced by vulnerable members of the communities.

The Capital of Equality Strategy sets out how the ACT Government will continue to make Canberra the most LGBTIQ+ welcoming and inclusive city in Australia.

Although we cannot gather physically this year to celebrate IDAHOBIT, there are many ways Canberrans can show support to the LGBTIQ+ community and champion LGBTIQ+ inclusion.

Wear a rainbow, host a virtual morning tea with your colleagues, listen to a talk by an LGBTIQ+ speaker online, or share a message of support.

Together, let’s make Canberra a city where everyone is visible, valued and respected.

The Capital of Equality Strategy can be found at cmtedd.act.gov.au.

You can be part of some great digital events to celebrate IDAHOBIT:

  • There will be an AIDS Action Council and A Gender Agenda IDAHOBIT 2020 Panel on Thursday 21 May on Facebook at 2pm. To view the event and be kept up-to-date with further details please make sure to register on Facebook. For those not on Facebook you can register via Eventbrite where you will be provided with information and reminders about the live stream, which you can access without a Facebook account.
  • You can also register for the Out for Australia – Stories of IDAHOBIT – Being out at work webinar. It will be held on Monday May 18 at 6pm.
  • Safe and Inclusive Schools ACT has also moved their IDAHOBIT Day celebrations online
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