Today is IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). St Paul's and St John's recognise this important day by placing new inclusive posters in our parish buildings (the old ones have faded) and raise the Rainbow Flag at St Paul's. It is important too that we support those within our Parish community who identify as LGBT+.
As it says in our Parish Inclusive statement:
History of IDAHOBIT- Why 17 May?
On 17 May 1990 Homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation's Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. It was a major step forward in the recognition that people with a different sexuality or gender did not have a 'disease' or 'health problem'. Hence, the significance in celebrating IDAHOBIT on 17 May. It is the hope that one day IDAHOBIT will not be needed, that we will be in a society that widely accepts people for who they are and discrimination is non-existent.
What is the impact of discrimination?
Discrimination still occurs towards those who are LGBT+. It continues to bring significant mental and physical trauma. LGBT+ people are three times more likely to experience depression and 2 in 10 LGBT+ people experience physical homophobic abuse (Human Rights 2014, Face Facts).
Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone by creating spaces where people feel unsafe and like they can't be themselves. Sexuality and gender identity or intersex status aren't always visible, so creating a culture where everyone feels safe, even if there aren't any visible LGBTI people is even more important. - idahobit.org.au
But it doesn't mean nothing can be done! There are countless ways to support the LGBT+ community. We've listed a few but there are countless ways to share your support and love!!
So, what can you do to support LGBT+ people today?
If you wish to learn more please feel free to click the link below:
Prepared by James Howarth