The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people internationally.
This year’s theme is 'Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights’. ‘
Why 17 May?
The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The day is now celebrated in more than 130 countries and unites millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
IDAHOBIT was first created in 2004 to campaign for the rights of, and raise awareness of the inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ people.
Chris Hall, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said: “It is important to show our continued support to IDAHOBIT day and demonstrate our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
“We are proud of our diverse staff and student community. We absolutely do not tolerate hate at DMU, and aim to foster an environment of inclusion where everybody can be their true selves.”
DMU’s No Space for Hate project reinforces our commitment to challenge inappropriate behaviours and provide practical support to students who are victims, survivors or witnesses of hate or harassment. This comprises of a policy, website, anonymous reporting tool, a specialised service which outlines support and reporting options, specialist staff within Security and new mandatory training for staff involved in the disciplinary process.
Join the LGBTQ+ society
At DMU, we also have student societies that can offer a forum and support for LGBTQ+ students and allies.
Posted on Friday 13th May 2022