The City of Ballarat joined with the community to stand against LGBTIQ discrimination with the raising of the Rainbow Flag in the centre of the CBD, to mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), yesterday.
The annual day calls on the community to challenge homophobic, biphobic, intersexist and transphobic language and behaviour when it’s safe to do so, and to celebrate LGBTIQ diversity.
May 17 was chosen for IDAHOBIT to commemorate the World Health Organization’s 1990 decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. IDAHOBIT was first celebrated in 2004.
Ballarat Councillor Daniel Moloney said IDAHOBIT was an important day to celebrate as it highlights the importance of inclusiveness.
“Ans it’s to show that we value the input of everyone who is part of the LGBTIQ community, and to call out discrimination in every possible form,” Cr Moloney said.
“Unfortunately the stats show us that many people who identify as part of the LGBTIQ community experience higher than average rates of discrimination – bullying, verbal abuse, depression – that’s why we need to call it out.”
The flag raising was followed by a community morning tea at Ballarat Library, which included a short address by Ballarat Pride Hub President Kirsten Holden.
Ballarat Libraries has worked with Ballarat Pride Hub and Ballarat Wrainbow Writers to produce this event.
The City of Ballarat’s Youth Development team, BYou, is also proud have worked with the Ballarat Libraries, friends at Zaque Headspace and the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to present ‘All of the Things’ as part of IDAHOBIT festivities.
The City of Ballarat has a zero tolerance approach to violence and harassment towards the LGBTIQ community and the community as a whole.