The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is on 17 May every year; a date selected to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. It was established in the hope of drawing attention to violence and discrimination against those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics, as well as to reflect on the deep challenges faced by LGBTQ+ in an increasingly challenging and complex landscape for activists, and communities alike.
The theme of IDAHOBIT 2022 is “our bodies, our lives, our rights”, which aims to highlight the micro-aggressions, policing and violations against people as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
How can I find out more and get support?
https://may17.org/ is the official website for IDAHOBIT. Here you can find out more about the day, why it’s necessary, and news about how IDAHOBIT is spent internationally. For LGBTQ+ support in Reading, you can check out SupportU. They have plenty of support services, as well as running both support and social groups, and you can also access free and confidential counselling and mental health support from No5.
RUSU will be having a flag raising ceremony to honour IDAHOBIT between 12:30 and 1:30, where they will be raising the rainbow flag at the campus flagpole.