Brisbane will be lit up in rainbows for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.
IDAHOT is a day recognised around the world to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced around the world and events are held to send messages of acceptance and inclusion to queer people.
This year’s IDAHOT theme is “Love Makes A Family”, with IDAHOT and International Family Equality Day (IFED) joining forces to raise visibility of rainbow families.
In Brisbane, the Queensland parliament will be lit in rainbow lights for the first time to mark the day, joining the Brisbane City Hall. Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Kurilpa Bridge and Treasury Casino will also be illuminated in rainbow lights
Rainbow flags will fly from the state headquarters of the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on the day.
On Sunday May 21, Brisbane LGBTI Action Group will hold a Community Day from 11am in Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and stalls from government and non-government organisations that directly support or include LGBTI people.
At 1pm, a procession will walk to King George Square to participate in a memorial service, led by civil celebrant Gai Lemon, to remember LGBTI people who have died as a result of homophobia and transphobia. For more information visit the Facebook event here.
At least six Queensland Councils have previously flown rainbow flags to commemorate IDAHOT – Ipswich City, Somerset, Brisbane City, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Meanwhile, US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is transgender, is also set to be released from prison on IDAHOT.
Before he left office, US President Obama commuted the remaining prison sentence of Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking American military documents to website Wikileaks.