May 17 is IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
IDAHOBIT is a day to draw attention to the discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. The date is chosen to mark 17 May 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
IDAHOBIT is celebrated in more than 130 countries around the world and there are many events scheduled in Melbourne and around the world to mark the day.
On Monday 15 May 2017, our Senior Associate Bec Dahl was invited to a Reception at Government House to mark IDAHOBIT. The event was attended by hundreds of members of the Victorian LGBTI community and their allies.
The theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT is families.
At the Government House Reception, Martin Foley, the Minister for Equality said ‘the beautiful diversity we see in LGBTI families comes together in the form of relationships, shared life experiences and that broad definition of what falls under the Rainbow Families umbrella’.
Ro Allen, Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner also spoke at the reception and said ‘to succeed in our quest for equality we must work together, play to our strengths and celebrate our differences’.
Nicholes Family Lawyers are strong allies for the LGBTI community and experts in all areas of family law relating to Rainbow Families.