What is IDAHOBiT?
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT), held annually on May 17th since 2005, is the largest LGBT+ solidarity event in the world with over 1,000 events taking place in more than 120 countries worldwide. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
IDAHOBiT at Swansea University
The LGBT+ Staff Network will be holding an information stall on intersectional LGBT+ identities, which will take place on Tuesday 17th May 2016, 12.30 - 3pm, ground floor, Fulton House. The event is to raise awareness of distinct issues faced by minority groups within the LGBT community, including LGBT people of colour, disabled LGBT people, older LGBT people, and LGBT people of different faiths. The stall is open to all visitors, and all materials are free to take.
Why a worldwide day to defend LGBT rights?
- At least 81 countries in the world criminalise same sex relationships.
- This means that 40% of the world’s population (or 2.8 billion people) are not free to choose who they love, and live in a constant state of fear.
- In 10 countries, the death penalty can be applied for same sex acts.
- Many countries do not offer legal recognition of trans people's true gender. In almost all countries which provide legal gender recognition, trans people face forced psychiatric treatment and sterilization.
- LGBT+ people face public stigmatization, police violence, state repression, attacks and murders. Their most basic human rights are being denied daily.
What else can I do to help?
Swansea University supports an inclusive environment where all LGBT+ individuals can achieve their potential. If you identify as LGBT+, join the LGBT+ Staff Network, which holds regular social events, networking opportunities, workshops and training, as well as providing information and guidance on matters relating to LGBT+.
Join the LGBT+ Allies Programme, a fortnightly mailing list for those who want to keep up to date with LGBT+ work at the university, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Support local LGBT+ organisations - here are just a few (all voluntary, not-for-profit organisations):
- LGBT Cymru Helpline - a free bi-weekly helpline providing information, advice and confidential support on LGBT issues.
- Bi Cymru - a service for people in Wales attracted to more than one gender and people who think they may be bi.
- Transgender in Wales - Promoting and Supporting the Transgender Community in Wales.
- Pride Cymru - working for the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, race or religion.
If you'd like to help out with the LGBT+ equality agenda, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.