IDAHOBIT is a catchy term for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia, which is coming up on 17 May.
IDAHOBIT is an international celebration and awareness-raising campaign for diverse sexualities and genders. It’s held on May 17 because that’s the day (in 1990) when the World Health Organization recognised that homosexuality shouldn’t be considered a diagnosis, but a valid identity and experience.
What is an ally?
An “ally” is a term used to describe someone who is supportive of LGBTIQ people.
Here's a few ways you can show your support on IDAHOBIT Day and show that you stand with the LGBTIQ community.
Understand the facts
While same-sex marriage was made legal in Australia in late-2017, people who identify as LGBTIQ still face discrimination every day. The Australians statistics are shocking.
According to the IDAHOBIT website, 75% of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination, be it verbal or physical. The depression rate for this community is over four times higher than for the general Australian population.
Clearly, we still have such a long way to go to find justice and protection for all. The first step to ending discrimination is to recognise that it’s part of the everyday experience of many LGBTIQ people, and call it out when we see it.
Reading can help provide insight to the experience of LGBTIQ people, and help LGBTIQ people feel better represented. Have a look at our recommendation lists for LGBT reads for young people and Stories and experiences for LGBTQI+ issues and themes.
The ABC’s fantastic series You Can’t Ask That has previously featured episodes with transgender & intersex people that you might find a useful starting point.
Minus18, an organisation that advocates for the rights and wellbeing of young people who identify as LGBTIQ, has a website full of fantastic resources.
The IDAHOBIT Day website lists many helpful resources for those who want to learn more about how to support LGBTIQ people and communities.
Get involved, get proud
The Australian IDAHOBIT website encourages people to ‘Go rainbow and be visible’.
If you identify as LGBTIQ yourself, take your proudest rainbow self out into the world on May 17 (and every day, really).
If you’re an ally, wear rainbow dress, wear a rainbow pin, bake a rainbow cake (they taste better than plain ones) and clearly show your support for the minorities who are affected by the discrimination this day battles against.
IDAHOBIT events at YPRL
YPRL is running several events for the community to learn more and celebrate IDAHOBIT Day in a safe space. Learn more about our events and recommended reading lists here.