International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally and takes place on Friday 17 May.
According to the IDAHOBIT website, latest statistics show that
- 75% of LGBTIQ youth experience some sort of discrimination
- 61% of LGBTIQ youth experience verbal abuse
- 19% of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of bullying
- 24.4% of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual people and 36.2% of Trans Australian experience depression compared to 6.8% of the general population
The impact of Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia is that it creates spaces where people don't feel safe or cannot be themselves. A person's sexuality and gender identity or intersex status is not always visible so creating a culture where everyone feels safe is more important than ever.
YPRL is celebrating IDAHOBIT by running a number of events that champion inclusion and help build a better understanding in the community.
Take a look at the events we are offering in the lead up to and on IDAHOBIT day.
Stand by Me Banner
Work with the Textile Art Community to contribute a message of support which will be incorporated into a giant weaving. (Sessions held at Rosanna Library, opens a new window and Watsonia Library, opens a new window)
Banner to be unveiled at The Hatch Gallery on 17 May.
IDAHOBIT Zine Workshop - Eltham Library
An open session with collage and art materials. Contribute to our IDAHOBIT zine.
Creating Our Own Narrative - Eltham Library
Guest artists discuss their creative projects working with LGBTQIA+ topics and inclusivity. We will also launch our collaborative zine.
Rainbow Ribbons - Lalor Library
Create artwork for display.
Rainbow Jewellery - Diamond Valley
Kids aged 6+ can celebrate IDAHOBIT by making bright jewellery.
You may wish to check out some amazing picture books suitable for the younger audiences around diverse families. You can find the list here.
But there's more...
In addition to the events, YPRL holds a collection of resources that cover a variety of situations, circumstances and experiences in the LGBTIQ arena. For further reading, here's a selection of new books for you to borrow.