International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.
It marks May 17, 1990 – the day the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
Each year, we host a community celebration focusing on tackling LGBTIQA+ discrimination in South Australia.
2023 – Rainbow Realities II Release
SARAA acknowledged IDAHOBIT 2023 with the release of our ‘Rainbow Realities II: Listen, Speak Up, Stand Up!’ video.
Thanks to our amazing sponsor Human Services SA, SARAA was able to hold this FREE event where we were able to view the ‘Rainbow Realities II’ video and listen to a panel of guests talking about LGBTIQA+ discrimination. We also gave an update on the work that SARAA has been focusing on in the past 6 months.
This year’s video has a stronger focus on steps allies (and LGBTIQA+ people) can take to actively support our community.
SARAA has FREE resources available via the link to view the ‘Rainbow Realities II’ video, or to watch at your own event. It also has a great discussion guide to save or download to create discussions with allies on how they can gain further information and make active change to support our LGBTIQA+ community.
2022 – Our bodies, our lives, our rights
To mark IDAHOBIT 2022 we launched our short film Rainbow Realities: LGBTIQA+ Experiences of Discrimination in South Australia, a discussion on our lived experiences of discrimination and support conversations about how we can take action against it.
We launched the film at Diverse-City with a conversation with incoming Minister for Human Services Nat Cook MP and a Q&A panel of LGBTIQA+ community members.
Watch the conversation and community panel here and check out the photos from our film launch below.
2021 – Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!
In 2021, SARAA was joined by members and allies of our LGBTIQA+ communities to recognise IDAHOBIT’s theme ‘Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!’.
Held at Uniting Communities, the event was opened by The Hon. Michelle Lensink, Minister for Human Services.
We heard a powerful and stirring speech from Dominic Guerrera, a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian person who’s primary work has been as an Aboriginal Health Worker and Educator for 17 years, with a focus on sexual health.
Dominic spoke about the need for the LGBTIAQ+ community to tackle its own prejudices and blind spots by committing to decolonisation and greater inclusion of First Nations peoples, and others who can be marginalised as a result of ableism and fatphobia.
Heartwarming performances were also held by Phi Theodoros, AKA. Ukelele Dream Girl, and Nancy Bates, a Song Woman originating from Far Western NSW.
This event was made possible by generous funding from the Department of Human Services, SA Government.
2020 – Breaking the Silence
To recognise IDAHOBIT in 2020 the South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance hosted an online community webinar focused on IDAHOBIT’s theme: “Breaking the Silence”.
The session featured 3 South Australian LGBTIQA+ panellists discussing what “Breaking the Silence” means for our rainbow communities:
- Zac Cannell, TransMasc SA & transgender community leader
- Sarah K Reece, LGBTIQA+ disability advocate
- Neha Madhok, Democracy in Colour
We were also delighted to welcome Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, to speak with us at the event, as well as Jason Tuazon-McCheyne (founder of The Equality Project) to tell us about the Better Together LGBTIQA+ conference that is coming to Adelaide in 2021.
You can watch the webinar below.
Kaurna Welcome to Country provided by Jack Buckskin. AUSLAN interpreting by Deaf Can:Do. Event hosted by SARAA’s chair, Matthew Morris.
This work was made possible by the Department of Human Services, Government of South Australian.