Happy International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia
For the past 30 years, 17th May has been known as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, or IDAHOBIT for short. This day is particularly important for the LGBTIQ community because on 17 May, 1990, the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a diagnosis for disease and health related problems (ICD 10). Today, the day is known to be a catalyst in creating a safe and inclusive environment for the LGBTIQ community globally.
IDAHOBIT recognises and celebrates the LGBTIQ community, and raises awareness for the changes that still need to be made in society today. Homosexuality is still criminalised in 70 countries, and can be penalised with life imprisonment, and in some countries, the death penalty. Closer to home, 75 percent of Australian LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination. This is why it is so vital to have days like today, that we recognise and celebrate our differences, and stand together against discrimination.
IDAHOBIT is a day of unity. It unites millions in support of recognising human rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The day aims to create a culture where everyone feels safe and included.
IDAHOBIT is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. It is celebrated in more than 130 countries globally, and Australia is one of them! The day is a celebratory day for everyone, even for those families who aren’t a part of the LGBTIQ community! Teaching children about diverse families helps them gain a better acceptance for their LGBTIQ peers and have greater acceptance for the community throughout their lives. There are many ways you can celebrate from isolation this year, for example:
Rainbow Baking. Red and yellow and pink and green! How many colours can you see in your cupcake? For any child that likes baking, adding different colours in support of IDAHOBIT can add that extra touch and make those sugary treats even more sweet!
Rainbow Crafts. For those kids (and parents) who like crafts, there are over a thousand different ways you can get creating in support of IDAHOBIT! Rainbow hand-printing
paintings, or using as many different crayons to draw a picture can be a great way to get involved!
Rainbow Dining. Add colour to your meal by having a different fruit or vegetables in every colour! You could even complete your dining look with different coloured flowers or balloons!
Donate to a Cause. Donations of any amount can go a long way to any cause. IDAHOBIT uses all donations to go towards programs that support LGBTIQ youth in Australia.
We’d like to take this time to particularly thank all our carers. When it comes to fostering children, irrespective of your sexual orientation or gender identity, what truly matters is the love, commitment and support you give to the children in your care. Thank you to you 🙂