It encourages us to support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex communities.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways you can show support in your school, workplace or community on 17 May.
- wearing rainbow clothing
- hosting a morning tea
- launching a project that supports sexual and gender diversity
Don’t forget to post details of your event to social media and use the hashtag #IDAHOBIT.
The significance of 17 May
On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as being a mental disorder. IDAHOBIT is held in 130 countries, including in 37 countries where homosexual acts are illegal.
Past events in Melbourne
In 2018, Federation Square and the City of Melbourne hosted an IDAHOBIT event. Activities included artistic performances and interviews with many of Victoria's LGBTIQ organisations.
In 2017, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, welcomed guests to Government House and reaffirmed her strong support for LGBTIQ inclusion.
We welcome all of you who identify as members of the LGBTIQ community, and we welcome the families, friends and allies who join you in respect for and support of Victoria’s LGBTIQ Community.
The Minister for Equality, Martin Foley MP, and Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen also addressed the guests.
Mr Foley spoke about the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to LGBTIQ inclusion:
‘It’s all about building a Victoria that has a place for everyone. A future where the Minister for Equality is not needed — acceptance and equality is a value embedded in all we do.’
Commissioner Allen thanked the Governor for her generosity in welcoming and celebrating LGBTIQ Victorians. The Commissioner spoke of the ongoing need to support our LGBTIQ communities in Victoria and across the world.
‘I believe tonight’s IDAHOBIT event is a sign of hope … it will always be the Victorian Governor who did it first for the rest of Australia. And we will always, we will always be a part of that history.’
Reviewed 29 November 2019