Community events are planned across the state to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday, May 17.
IDAHOBIT is recognised every year on May 17, the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases.
This year the day has a global theme of “Justice and Protection for All”.
The day aims to raise awareness of LGBTIQ rights, and the discrimination that many LGBTIQ people throughout the world continue to experience.
Brisbane’s Story Bridge will be lit up in rainbow on behalf of the Queensland AIDS Council. Victoria Bridge, Tropical Dome Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the Wickham Terrace car park architectural wall and Reddacliff Place sculptures will also be lit in rainbow.
The Wickham Hotel
The Wickham in Fortitude Valley are inviting everyone to celebrate IDAHOBIT on May 17 and will be raising money for two Brisbane LGBTIQ organisations.
At 5pm, the venue will tap a “Karma Keg” of Wild Yak ale, with proceeds from the keg donated to Open Doors Youth Service and the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ). Donation tins for the two groups will also be at the venue all day.
Players from the Brisbane Hustlers gay and inclusive rugby team will also attend the Wickham to celebrate IDAHOBIT.
“To us a team, IDAHOBIT is a celebration of inclusion and diversity in our community as a whole, in the country as a whole and across the world,” Brisbane Hustlers President Jason Garrick told QN Magazine.
“From a sports perspective, it’s a reinforcement of the message that sport is for everyone and sport is a safe place to be and participate in.
“It’s also an acknowledgement of the work that were doing – and the work we need to keep doing – to make sure that the gains we’ve made in the last 10 years aren’t lost.”
Brisbane Powerhouse are hosting a remembrance gathering with guest speakers, lighting of the building and a musical tribute.
The event also sees the launch of the MELT Portrait Prize and MELT visual arts exhibitions. For more information, visit the Facebook page here.
Noosa Council will fly the rainbow flag at the council building in Tewantin.
Out in Noosa are inviting everyone to gather outside from 3.30pm to meet councillors and view the flag, before the group moves to nearby Zabe Espresso Bar for drinks. More details at the Facebook events here.
Club Acoustic in Maleny will celebrate IDAHOBIT this Thursday evening (May 9) at the Maleny RSL Hall, 6pm until 9:30pm with a concert featuring LGBTIQ performers. More details about tickets can be found at the Facebook event here.
Queensland Police Service
The Queensland Police Service will mark IDAHOBIT with rainbow flag raising ceremonies at QPS headquarters and at their Oxley and Townsville acadamies on the day.
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