Diversity & Sexuality


No, it’s not the launch of another fantasy series, it’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, celebrated annually on May 17th.

This day of recognition was established in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; as well as others with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities (or expressions), and sex characteristics.

The date May 17 is significant. It was chosen specifically to commemorate the World Health Organization’s 1990 judgment to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, and this year, 2020 marks 30 years since this landmark decision was made.

To ease into IDAHOBIT 2020 you can join the virtual lounge room of the Greater Western Inclusive communities on Friday May 15th where we will celebrate together. You will have the chance to meet two families from the western suburbs, who will talk about their lives –how they navigated life with a diverse sexuality or gender, and how they came out and thrived. Click link to register Home Is Where Our Story Begins

For more information on IDAHOBIT and how you as an individual or a workplace can get involved go to Minus 18 or May 17. There are great resources such as posters and email signatures which help promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity.

Speaking of ‘inclusivity’ – Australia has just celebrated Lesbian Day of Visibility on the 26th April, and if you like being ‘ahead of the curve’ get your friends ready for Pride Month in June, 30 days to celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community. If you are interested in other days that celebrate the rainbow community you can get more info here ACON Diversity Days

Now … back to the start, if you ARE looking for something to watch, why not celebrate IDAHOBIT by checking what’s worth viewing in the Rainbow Pride section on SBS on Demand, or LGBT genre listing on Netflix.  

CLICK to check out downloadable posters, backgrounds, signature blocks and even zoom backgrounds.

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