Today, Monday 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, we 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.
Gather your mates and take note, here are some awesome ways to celebrate IDAHOBIT now and beyond.
Go Go Rainbow
Whether you simply dress in your most colourful clothes, paint a 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, a quiz night, or host a dinner party. We suggest trying out some colourful recipies like these rainbow cocktails, rainbow layer cakes, rainbow sushi or maybe even a rainbow toastie? Oh, and don’t forget the decorations. Remember, you can (and should) celebrate beyond today. Plan a Friday night wine tasting or gather your mates for a Saturday morning walk and pow wow about how you can all be a better ally. Every little bit helps.
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 these books, listen to these podcasts, and binge these movies and TV series that hero LGBTQIA+ stories.
Next up, check out this guide on how you can be a better trans ally from amazing activist Daya Czepanksi. After you've given them a follow, get familiar these seven trans activists breaking barriers around the world. Finally, check out Minus 18's helpful inclusive language guide (and share it with your mates).
Donate, Donate, Donate
If you’re in a position to do so, why not donate to the cause. All donations over $2 are tax deductible, and go towards programs that support LGBTIQ youth in Australia. And why not ask everyone who is attending your rainbow-themed shindig if they'd 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 email signature or Zoom background with a IDAHBOT-themed art work. Get yours here.
For more info on IDAHBOT and how you help support today and beyond, head here.
Image credit: Delia Giandeini