IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia) is recognise on May 17 each year.
On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
Verbal homophobia is the most common form. Things like name-calling, rumours and abusive words ('fag’ or ‘dyke’). Phrases like “that’s so gay” which compare sexuality to words like ‘crap’ can have a negative impact.
Homophobia also include abusive threats or actual physical violence, sexual harassment and deliberately excluding someone because of their sexuality.
Biphobia is abuse towards someone who is attracted to more than one gender, and even includes when that person's identity is erased. This can be in the form of telling someone that their sexuality is "just a phase", or even telling them to "pick a side."
Intersex discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because that person has physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male. This can include exclusion or mistreatment in medical services.
Describes negative feelings or actions towards someone who's trans or gender diverse. You may have heard transphobic language like ‘tr*nny’, or seen restrictions on the way that people are allowed to express their gender. Things like which uniform you’re allowed to wear or toilets you can use. Transphobia can also include abusive threats or actual physical violence, sexual harassment and deliberately excluding someone because of their gender.
Check out Holmesglen's IDAHOBIT Day events and join the Student Life Team in showing support for the rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- IDAHOBIT Day at Moorabbin campus.
- IDAHOBIT Day at FutureTech campus.
- IDAHOBIT Day at Chadstone campus.
- IDAHOBIT Day at Glen Waverley campus.
- IDAHOBIT Day at Bourke St. campus.
"Love has no labels, discrimination has no place - Stand against discrimination, embrace diversity with grace."