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Published Friday 15 May 2020
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Sunday 17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Day.

This international day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the harmful consequences of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and to promote a world of tolerance, respect, awareness and freedom.

If you did some essential exercise near our Customer and Library Service Centres over the weekend you may have seen one of our Rainbow Flags. We fly a Rainbow Pride Flag at all Customer and Library Service Centres on 17 May each year after Council passed a motion to celebrate and acknowledge IDAHOBIT Day in 2015.

By flying the Rainbow Flag we aim to:

  • acknowledge and celebrate LGBTIQA+ people as an integral part of our local community
  • acknowledge that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia still exist and have a devastating impact on the whole community
  • publicly stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • encourage people to seek support if they experience discrimination

We also strongly encourage the use of support networks if required, such as the state-wide support network Switchboard. Switchboard Victoria provides peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people and their families as well as allies and the broader community.

More information about their services can be found here Switchboard Victoria.

This page was last updated on 25 May 2020.