International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (LGBTI) was held on May 17th at Federation Square this year. Hon Martin Foley, the minister of equality – opened the event and promised it would be a bright and brilliant day of celebration.
This event for people aged 25 and under, provided an opportunity for trans and gender diverse young people to share their experiences and talk about combatting transphobia.
Live acts and entertainment on the Federation Square stage including Mojo Juju, a market place with stalls from the likes of Headspace, R U OK, Ygender and Minus 18.
This year’s celebration focused on the role of families in the well-being of LGBTQI family members and the respect of the rights of LGBTQI families. Also it aimed to support the community, educate those who may be ignorant and advocate for fair and equal treatment.
Frankie Taylor, youth worker of Minus 18, mentioned the event used to be an international day against homophobia, transphobia. But this year they added biphobia as bisexual is getting quite invisible.
‘Generally lots of people talk about lesbian and gay, transexual people but bisexual kinda get like side line so today this year we have specifically put them on the front which is really great.’
‘We all come to support each other, love each other. It is a very good day for LGBT people to stand up against some of the discrimination that we will face everyday like when we are on the street, when we are at work, when we are with friends and family, we experience discrimination because of the sexuality and gender identity constantly.’
IDAHOBIT aims to coordinate international efforts, to end the continued discrimination of global LGBTQI communities and raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations.
‘IDAHOBIT is being a voice for those who have been silenced, for accepting everyone as they are. And also building the community and awareness around the issues.’ Frankie added.
LGBTI people are far more likely to experience depression and anxiety. Erik Yang, started volunteering with Ygender in 2014, shared his stories of being treated differently and how he has overcome depression.
‘Having the opportunity to meet and learn from so many wonderful trans and gender diverse youth has been great. It’s helped me to feel more confident about being non-binary. It is a brilliant way to encourage the freedom to express yourself without fear and prejudice, bring our community together’.