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IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia)

Friday
17
May

What is IDAHOBIT? (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) draws plights faced by the LGBTQ+ community which cannot be ignored, to the attention of policymakers, leaders, and social movements.

It has been observed globally since 2004, to commemorate the removal of homosexuality from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. This was a big step in acknowledging the validity of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

IDAHOBIT Celebrations and Employment

Inclusive workplaces help make people feel able to be themselves at work without fear or consequence. Employers can use IDAHOBIT to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ employees by:

  • Sharing information and resources relevant to the day and its history
  • Checking that policies and procedure are inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees
  • Encouraging senior leaders to promote zero tolerance of Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia
  • Providing LGBTQ+ education, e-Learning, or training to all employees
  • Creating a safe space, such as introducing an employee network/ERG or asking the current network to be involved.