INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA & BIPHOBIA (IDAHOBiT) is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities on 17 May. It is a day to raise awareness and acknowledge that while progress has been made lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face prejudice and discrimination across the world today.

This year the celebration will focus on Alliances for Solidarity and will be an opportunity for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression to come together and take action.

It will be a chance to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups and people, whether that is just a conversation you have with a colleague at work or attending an event happening in your local area to show your solidarity.

Local events for IDAHOBiT include:

Thursday 17 May 2018 Leeds University Union will a workshop – ‘Let’s Start the Conversation’ Book your place here

Saturday 19 May 11:00am – 4:00pm Leeds City Council LGBT+ Community Hub information market place event at Dortmund Square, The Headrow.  More information here

Saturday 19 May 11:30am – 3:30pm Bradford Equality Partnership – Alliances & Solidarity and Strengthening the community with activities for all to enjoy including music, mehndi and more. For more information click here.

Also to remind you the Equality Policy Unit has published a new guidance document for staff on supporting trans staff and students.  The guidance aims to provide more information on the practical aspects of support such as change of name and gender, toilets and changing facilities, supporting students on field trips, supporting staff and students undergoing transition etc.  It should be particularly valuable to managers, personal tutors and student support colleagues.  We encourage colleagues to use this resource and provide feedback on its content and value.   For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Sutherland in the Equality Policy Unit.