May 17 marks IDAHoBIT: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT) is an international day celebrating LGBTIQ+ people. The day also aims to raise awareness of the work still needed to end discrimination.
IDAHoBIT is celebrated on May 17 each year, as this is the date The World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its Classification of Diseases in 1990. The 2020 celebration marks 30 years since this landmark moment.
There are many ways to recognise the day and champion inclusivity, including wearing rainbow colours, sharing with online communities and engaging in virtual celebrations in the lead up to the day.
The locally based Wimmera Pride Project is keen to share photos of people proudly wearing pride colours to help share the word of IDAHoBIT. It is calling on people to share their videos and pictures of how they will celebrate the day with current COVID-19 restrictions.
The Wimmera Pride Project are also marking the day with an IDAHoBIT Netflix watch party viewing Pride from 7pm on Sunday 17 May.
Both activities can be connected to via The Wimmera Pride Project Facebook page
At a national level, people can come together virtually to celebrate the day at the Pride in Water IDAHoBIT online event, featuring speakers from Switchboard Australia, Goulburn Valley Water, the co-founders of Pride in Water and performer Mama Alto.
This event aims to connect the Australian water industry and LGBTIQ+ inclusion and will run on Thursday 14 May at 2pm. People from all workplaces are welcome. To register, please visit the Pride in Water web page.