IDAHOBIT 2023 ‘Together always: United in diversity’

IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Discrimination, and Transphobia. It is recognised annually on May 17 to acknowledge and celebrate our diverse communities, and to stand up against LGBTQIA+ discrimination. May 17 was chosen for IDAHOBIT as this is the date that the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. IDAHOBIT events help to educate people and to raise awareness for the work that is still needed to combat discrimination.

UniSA Library is celebrating IDAHOBIT as part of our commitment to creating an environment where everyone knows they belong. We have decorated our physical Library spaces and virtual environment to reflect this celebration. The Library website banner currently displays the Intersex-Inclusive Pride Progress flag, an extension of the Pride Progress flag, which recognises the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community, including people of colour and trans identities, and the continuing progress towards equity.

What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

Explanation of the LGBTQIA+ acronym
Explanation of the LGBTQIA+ acronym. For more information, visit SHINE SA.

LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and the plus sign recognises the wealth of diverse identity terms not represented in the acronym. Note: this acronym varies from community to community. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ identities on the IDAHOBIT website.

South Australian voices

The short film Rainbow Realities: LGBTIQA+ experiences of discrimination in South Australia features four LGBTQIA+ South Australians discussing their lived experiences of discrimination. The film was produced by the SA Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA) to encourage individuals and organisations to listen and take action to support the LGBTQIA+ community in South Australia.

Rainbow Realities Part II will be launched on the eve of IDAHOBIT this year. Details on the SARAA website.

What you can do

Check out the resources below to learn more about how you can support our community.

Join the UniSA Ally Network

The UniSA Ally Network includes staff and student allies from across the campuses, who provide safe and non-judgemental support for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. If you are a student or staff member at UniSA, you can become a UniSA Ally.

Staff members can also participate in the Foundations of LGBTIQ+ workshop, a training session designed to improve participants’ understanding of inclusivity in the workplace.

Further information, resources, and organisations

Visit the links below to learn more: