17th of May marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The theme for 2018 is “Alliances for Solidarity”.

According to The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society:

  • 24.4% of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual people experience depression
  • 36.2% of Trans Australians experience depression
  • 75% of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination

The objective of this global celebration, now present in over 130 countries is to raise awareness of the struggles and difficulties that people of diverse sexual and gender identities face every day. May 17 is also a day to show support for and celebrate the diversity of people who identify as LGBTIQ.

The University will fly the Rainbow Flag across all campuses on IDAHOT Day to show our support of our Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Intersex and Queer, student, staff and broader community. You can mark the day by joining in the festivities at the Kingswood campus from 1pm or meeting with a member of the Ally Network on your campus.

The University upholds values of inclusion where all staff and students will be treated with respect regardless of their sexuality or gender expression.

For more information on IDAHOT Day, events around Australia and the different issues LGBTIQ people face, please visit the websites below.

IDAHOT Australia (Opens in a new window)

IDAHOT Committee (Opens in a new window)

Stop Homophobia (Opens in a new window)

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (Opens in a new window)