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IDAHOBIT Day

Date
Friday, 17 May 2024
Time
09:00 AM
Location
Online
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Student Equity and Inclusion

Every year on May 17, we celebrate IDAHOBIT. It's a day for the whole community to stand against LGBTQIA+ discrimination, a day to activate, educate and change the world.

 

What is IDAHOBIT?

IDAHOBIT is the anniversary of May 17, 1990, when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases. The first IDAHOBIT was held in 2005 and is today acknowledged by millions of people globally. While IDAHOBIT has evolved over these years, the purpose remains the same - celebrate the progress we have made while also raising awareness for the discrimination that LGBTQIA+ people still face today.

 

Why is IDAHOBIT Important Today?

The recent nature of the LGBTQIA+ human rights movement means that stigma and discrimination are still prevalent across the world. This is also true in Australia, where:

  • 68% of LGBTQIA+ employees are not out to everyone at work.

  • 2 in 3 LGBTQIA+ youth experience abuse due to their identity.

  • 35% of LGBTQIA+ Australians have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months.

Source: idahobit.org.au


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