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30 years of IDAHOBIT

May 17 2020

This time 30 years ago, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, marking this day as International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Today, we celebrate LGBTQI people globally, and to recognise the need for more to be done in order to overcome diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

Many people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questionable and Intersex (LGBTQI) face isolation everyday of their lives, and now with the unprecedented events of COVID-19, this has no doubt made it much more challenging than ever for our LGBTQI community.

The stay-at-home restrictions mean many LGBTQI people and in particular young people, are confined in hostile environments with unsupportive family or household members, putting them at a much higher risk of domestic abuse and violence. Living in difficult situations can also make it challenging to access confidential support, resulting in poorer mental health and wellbeing.

IDAHOBIT events and Pride celebrations may have been cancelled this year as a result of COVID-19, but this doesn’t mean that we should stop the celebrations altogether. There is still an opportunity for everyone to come together and connect on this day and to start and continue the conversation for change.

How can you celebrate IDAHOBIT this year? Here are some ways you can show your support while in isolation:

  • Make a donation to programs that support LGBTQI communities such as Transgender Victoria or Minus18
  • Promote LGBTQI at work virtually by wearing splash of rainbow, or adding a rainbow backdrop to your morning online meeting
  • Learn about how to support your LGBTQI friends and family members
  • Host a rainbow dinner party at home
  • Have a Queer movie streaming party

If you or someone you know is needing some support, these services are here to help:

Today and everyday, North Richmond Community Health stands against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia and we continue our commitment to the health and well-being of Victoria’s diverse community.

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