International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia #IDAHOBIT2020
Sunday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). It is an annual, international event to raise awareness of the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ communities around the world. The significance of 17 May is that on this exact date in 1990 the World Health Organisation agreed that homosexuality would no longer be classified as a mental disorder.
This year’s theme is ‘Break the Silence’ recognising that, in many countries around the world, people of diverse sexual and gender identities cannot be open about who they are in some, or all, aspects of their daily lives. Together we can help to show our solidarity with the LGBT+ community, with IDAHOBIT being part of our continuous commitment to support the local LGBT+ Community and raise awareness of vulnerable groups across the City of Sunderland.
In previous years we have hosted a flag raising ceremony with the rainbow flag, inviting key partners from across the city to join us in celebrating IDAHOBIT such as we did in 2019 (as shown in picture). While it is unfortunate that we are unable to hold our annual celebration in 2020, key landmarks across the city including Penshaw Monument, Keel Square and the Northern Spire will be lit up in rainbow colours throughout the evening on Friday 15 May.