The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) will be held on 17 May 2023.
Why IDAHOBIT is important
Although there have been some significant wins and milestones for the LGBTQIA+ community in recent years, the unfortunate reality is that there is still work to do.
LGBTQIA+ people in Australia today still experience disproportionate rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination, with two in three LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing abuse due to their identity and 35% of LGBTQIA+ Australians reporting verbal abuse within the past twelve months.
Last year, 97% of IDAHOBIT activity organisers reported that commemorating the day contributed to ongoing positive change in their schools and workplaces.
The day celebrates the milestone of the World Health Organisation (WHO) removing homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases on 17 May 1990, while acknowledging the work still to be done to eliminate discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community.