Queensland’s Noosa, Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils will fly rainbow flags to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
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.
Noosa City Council will again fly a rainbow flag from council offices on Wednesday, and Mayor Tony Wellington and councillors have invited LGBTI community members to join them for tea and refreshments in the upstairs foyer of the Noosa Council Building in Tewantin that afternoon. See the Facebook event here.
Rainbow flags will also fly from the Scenic Rim Council’s offices in Beaudesert and outside the council offices in Ipswich. In Ipswich that evening, there will be rainbow lighting at the Ipswich Civic Centre in Limestone Street, Studio 188 in Brisbane Street and Robelle Domain at Springfield.
PFLAG spokesperson Janet Berry thanked Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and the regions’ councillors, and said the gesture means a lot to LGBTI locals.
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 Toowoomba on Saturday (May 20), all LGBTI people and allies are invited to a picnic starting at noon at the Newtown Park to commemorate the day. See the Facebook event here.
In Hervey Bay, a dawn gathering to mark IDAHOT will be held at 6am on Wednesday before a light breakfast at the Hervey Bay Community Centre at 22 Charles Street in Pialba. Visit this Facebook page for more details.
Brisbane‘s Griffith University Queer Society is holding a BYO lunchtime event at the Nathan campus on Wednesday, and morning and afternoon events will be held at the Griffith Gold Coast Campus the same day.
In Cairns, James Cook University students and staff can attend an IDAHOT event on the Library lawns on Wednesday morning. At the uni’s Townsville campus, an event will be held in the Education Central Amphitheatre.
In Lismore, the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance is hosting an IDAHOT event in the Fountain Room at Lismore City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
On Sunday (May 21), Brisbane LGBTI Action Group will host an IDAHOT Community Day from 11am in Queens Park in the Brisbane CBD, before a memorial service in King George Square for victims of homophobia.
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 Wednesday.
Meanwhile, US whistleblower Chelsea Manning is also set to be released from prison on IDAHOT, after her remaining prison sentence was commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama.