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United together to support the LGBTQIA+ community

United together to support the LGBTQIA+ community

Thursday, May 11, 2023

The City of Whittlesea is committed to fostering inclusivity and embracing diversity as part of its Whittlesea 2040 vision of a place for all. Accordingly, the Council will be proudly flying the rainbow flag to recognise the importance of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17. 

IDAHOBIT recognises the significance of May 17, 1990, when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its Classification of Diseases. This day serves as a crucial reminder that discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community persists, despite progress made over the years.  

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson emphasised Council’s ongoing efforts to ensure inclusivity and recognition for all communities. "We are actively working to ensure everyone in our community feels seen and included," Ms Wilson stated.  

Recent national research conducted by La Trobe University highlights that discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community is still prevalent. The study found that 66% of LGBTQIA+ identifying young people and one in three adults had experienced harassment or abuse, including verbal insults and threats due to their identity. These figures, though significant, likely underestimate the true extent of the problem. 

"Whilst this research is important, it is essential to acknowledge that the reported numbers do not capture the full extent of the issue," Ms Wilson said.  

"We must work together to create a world where everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can live without fear of discrimination or persecution. Let us stand together in support of the LGBTQIA+ community and continue to fight for their rights and inclusion in all aspects of society. 

“IDAHOBIT provides an opportunity for us to publicly demonstrate our support for our LGBTQIA+ community and to raise awareness about the ongoing work required to combat discrimination. The City of Whittlesea stands firmly against all forms of discrimination and is dedicated to creating an inclusive community that embraces individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.” 

On May 17, the City of Whittlesea will proudly raise the rainbow flag as a symbolic gesture of support. Additionally, the Council will actively engage with and support community initiatives and events that raise awareness and celebrate IDAHOBIT.