This Sunday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day which has been celebrated every year since 17 May 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as being a mental disorder.
While the recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community has come leaps and bounds in Australia and New Zealand in recent years, there are still 73 jurisdictions around the world which criminalise sexual activity between same sex adults, and almost half of those are Commonwealth countries. Shocking, I know, but that’s even more reason to get involved in celebrating IDAHOBIT this year, whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally.
While the COVID-19 rules and restrictions mean everyone’s day will look a little different this year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate IDAHOBIT whether you’re stuck at home or allowed to gather with your nearest and dearest.
Go Go Rainbow
Whether you simply dress in your most colourful clothes, paint a cute rainbow on your face or hit the Minus 18 rainbow shop where all profits support LGBTQIA+ youth around Australia, at the very least you’ll be starting a conversation, which is always the first step.
Throw A Party
Gather your pals for a picnic (following the COVID-19 restrictions in your area, obvs) or a virtual quiz night, or host an early celebration with a virtual morning tea or happy hour at work on Friday. May I suggest rainbow cocktails, rainbow layer cakes, rainbow sushi or maybe even a rainbow toastie? Oh, and don’t forget the decorations.
If you don’t know much about the LGBTQIA+ community, there are so many ways you can educate yourself, all while keeping pretty entertained. Read books, watch Ted Talks, binge movies and series and fall down a rabbit hole on the wonderful world wide web.
Tune Into Our First Live Getting The Gig
We’re celebrating IDAHOBIT at Urban List with the first of our brand new Getting The Gig Live series where we’ll be chatting with model and trans advocate Chaye Hartwell on Instagram. Tune in here on Sunday at 10am AEST.
Donate, Donate, Donate
Think about all those dollies you’ve saved by staying home for the past month or so and then think about whether you’re in a position to donate some of them. You might also want to ask everyone who attended your rainbow shindig if they might consider donating too, a little bit from a lot of people adds up quickly.
Follow Some Legends
There are so many amazing LGBTQIA+ advocates doing their part on social media, so dive deep and follow a few of them to open your mind to a new perspective. If you need some help getting started, check out these guys.
If it’s not on social media, did it really happen? Take pics of your rainbow cocktails, your fab friends in their rainbow getup or even just your own beautiful face and upload them using the #IDAHBOT hashtag. You can also show your support by updating your profile and cover pics on Facebook, try it here.
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks