What is it?
On May 17th over 130 countries around the world celebrate The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT commemorates the 1990 World Health Organization decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder and brings attention to the ongoing violence and discrimination experienced by those with diverse gender, sexuality, and sex characteristics.
Respect and La Trobe’s LGBTIQA+ community
At La Trobe University we have a vibrant LGBTIQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex, queer, questioning and asexual plus) community. We recently had a huge showing of community participation and celebration during our 2021 La Trobe’s Pride Week (April 12-16th), but at La Trobe we strive to not just celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community, we recognize our duty to fight against discrimination, harassment, and victimisation based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, relationship status and intersex status.
La Trobe is proud to be the home of Rainbow Health Victoria (previously known as Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria). This program supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick.
Supports and Resources
La Trobe additionally provides a range of supports and training opportunities for members of our LGBTIQA+ community and members of the broader community who are passionate about creating a safer and more inclusive university:
- Staff and students, including those who identify as LGBTIQA+, can join the La Trobe ALLY network by participating in ALLY training and learn the skills to help create a safe and inclusive university free from exclusion and discrimination.
- Check out our LGBTIQA+ resource hub for educational resources.
- LGBTIQA+ students have access to a range of LGBTIQA+ specific individual and group-based events training and counselling, including Bundoora based support group Queer Chat.
- Students who have been impacted by or witness discrimination-based behaviours, threats or violence can contact Safer Community at La Trobe for support.
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