On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. It is a day to celebrate affirming and culturally appropriate care for all LGBTIQA+ communities.
In Daylesford, IDAHOBIT day was celebrated with a rainbow flag raising on the community flag pole in Vincent Street. Cr Jen Bray was on hand to speak on behalf of Council. Local identity and LGBTIQA+ spokesperson, Max Primer, raised the flag on behalf of the community assisted by local singer-songwriter, Abby Ashmore.
“IDAHOBIT day is so important and the raising of the flag is an inclusive sign that we are all loved and relevant in a world that is so cruel to so many,” said Max Primmer. “It’s also a sign to LGBTQIA+ people that they are welcomed by our community and can feel safe and be who they are.”
Thank you to members of the LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee, ChillOut Committee, Councillors, staff and members of the community who came out to support the flag raising.