International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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 Together always: united in diversity’ and it highlights the importance of solidarity, allyship, and community across identities, borders, and movements.


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.

Mel Crofts, Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said: “At DMU we are proud of the diversity of our staff and students and we continue to demonstrate our support for IDAHOBIT and the LGBTQ+ community.  There is still a long way to go before we can say we have a truly equal and inclusive society.”

How to report homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia and support available


Additionally, 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. 

At DMU, we also have student societies that can offer a forum and support for LGBTQ+ students and allies, you can find out how to join here.

Posted on Tuesday 16 May 2023

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