On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally.
Today, we use IDAHOBIT on May 17 to champion inclusion, and build a better world for the LGBTIQ community.
Of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination.
Of LGBTIQ youth experience verbal abuse.
Of LGBTIQ youth experience physical bullying.
Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual people experience depression
Of Trans Australians experience depression
Of the general population who experience depression
Hillier, L., et al. (2010). Writing themselves in 3: The 3rd national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of SSAGQ young people. Melbourne: ARCSHS. LGBTI People: Mental Health & Suicide
Describes negative feelings or actions towards someone who's trans or gender diverse. You may have heard transphobic language like ‘tr*nny’, or seen restrictions on the way that people are allowed to express their gender. Things like which uniform you’re allowed to wear or toilets you can use.
Transphobia can also include abusive threats or actual physical violence, sexual harassment and deliberately excluding someone because of their gender.
Verbal homophobia is the most common form. Things like name-calling, rumours and abusive words ('fag’ or ‘dyke’). Phrases like “that’s so gay” which compare sexuality to words like ‘crap’ can have a negative impact. Homophobia also include abusive threats or actual physical violence, sexual harassment and deliberately excluding someone because of their sexuality.
Biphobia is abuse towards someone who is attracted to more than one gender, and even includes when that person's identity is erased. This can be in the form of telling someone that their sexuality is "just a phase", or even telling them to "pick a side."
Intersex discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because that person has physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male.
This can include exclusion or mistreatment in medical services.
Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone by creating spaces where people feel unsafe and like they can't be themselves. Sexuality and gender identity or intersex status aren't always visible, so creating a culture where everyone feels safe, even if there aren't any visible LGBTI people is even more important.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Challenge homophobic, biphobic, intersexist, and transphobic language and behaviour when you feel safe to do so.
On the experiences of LGBTIQ people by reading up and attending professional development and training.
CELEBRATE LGBTIQ DIVERSITY
Be proactive and support programs and events that celebrate LGBTIQ diversity.
Run fundraisers, donate or sign up for workplace giving to organisations that support LGBTIQ people.