Latrobe City Council celebrated the LGBTIQ+ community on IDAHOBIT Day, Wednesday 17 May.
IDAHOBIT stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
Council joined the global celebration by flying the Rainbow Pride flag outside its Corporate Headquarters and Libraries, as a sign of being inclusive to the LGBTIQ+ community.
Staff participated in a lunch where they heard from inspirational guest speakers including, Son Vivienne, CEO Transgender Victoria, Caitlin Grigsby, President of Gippsland Pride Initiative Inc and Dean Sutton, Latrobe City Citizen of the Year 2022
Latrobe City Council’s Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan states that Council recognises and values the rights and social needs of the LGBTIQ+ community and aims to address discrimination and access to Council services and events.
Mayor of Latrobe City Council, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan said it is important to recognise and make space for our LGTBIQ+ community.
“Council is committed to fostering an inclusive community by working in partnership with organisations to educate, raise awareness and acceptance,” said the Mayor.
“IDAHOBIT Day provides an opportunity for everyone to show their support for the LGBTIQ+ community and to take a stand against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
“We recognise that building an inclusive community requires ongoing effort and commitment and are dedicated to this work. We encourage all members of our community to join us in this effort, and to help ensure a community where everyone can feel safe and supported.
“We not only celebrate our LGTBIQ+ friends on IDAHOBIT Day, but every day of the year.”
Latrobe City Libraries hosted several activities including rainbow cupcake decorating. There is still the opportunity to browse the collection of LGBTIQ+ titles at all library branches.