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🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

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In case you missed it, today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈 It's an important day to raise awareness about the wellbeing issues faced by sexuality and gender diverse communities.

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10), which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ people globally.

Some stats...

75% Of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination.

24.4% Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual people experience depression

36.2% Of Trans Australians experience depression

Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone by creating spaces where people feel unsafe and like they can't be themselves. Sexuality and gender identity or intersex status aren't always visible, so creating a culture where everyone feels safe, even if there aren't any visible LGBTI people is even more important.

For more information on the IDAHOBIT, you can check out their website here. If you identify as part of the sexuality and gender diverse community and would like to chat with a counsellor about your expereince, you can contact Qlife here

It got me thinking about the expereinces of our online community. How can we create a welcoming and inclusive space for our sexuality and gender diverse members?  

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Re: 🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

Thanks for this post. I'm trans-masc. I like online spaces that don't make you choose a binary gender when you sign up, and which give me an opportunity to tell folks my gender and pronouns without sounding like I'm obsessed by them (e.g. a profile option). 

Rayne

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Re: 🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

Hey @-Rayne-

Great to meet you. You're so right, the binary gender selections are all too common - online or offline. A profile option to elect your preferred pronoun is a great idea too. 

Thanks for sharing your views 😊

Senior Contributor

Re: 🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

hi margot and rayne

thank you for this post. i agree that too many, well most online places but also forms only let you choose binary gender and that is not ok.
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Re: 🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

hi @aeiou, good to meet you. are you non- binary?

Senior Contributor

Re: 🌈International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia 🌈

hi @-Rayne-
i only recently discovered that there is a word for the way i always felt. and i am glad. how about you?