Friday, May 15, 2015

Supporting sexual and gender diversity: IDAHOT May 17, 2015


IDAHOT (
 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) is an annual event created to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual orientation and gender identity norms.
May 17th, is commemorated each year as a reminder of May 17th,1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. 
While no longer a mental disorder, LGBTI people still experience discrimination, harassment, abuse and violence on a daily basis in their own communities.
For some understanding of what it is like to be of a different sexual orientation or gender identity to the Australian norm, please watch these Freedom Stories videos

Consider this
“ ...just because of their sexuality or gender identity, many Australians are separated from family and friends, harassed in their workplace or on the sporting field, abused by their neighbours or assaulted on the street” (Nicolas Parkhill, ACON CEO)

If you are living in another country it can be even worse. This short video introduces some of the violence experienced by LGBTI people

What can you do to support IDAHOT day?


  • speak up for LGBTI youth. Read about the global campaign
  • connect with the LGBTI community. Give them some support!
  • spread the word
  • take action
  • support Australian and locale events
  • participate in and support CSU's Ally Program  
  • Wear purple and rainbow colours on May 17th
On May 19th come to the CSU Bathurst library lawn between 11 and 2 and help raise money for the Headspace LGBTI Social group by participating in the photo booth, bake sale, and live entertainment.
Proudly hosted by CSU Bathurst QC, Headspace and CSU Equity & Diversity

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