MELT Festival

We are proud to be partnering with MELT 2018: Festival of Queer Arts & Culture which continues at the Brisbane Powerhouse till Sunday 27th May. This is also a great opportunity to bring together the community to celebrate IDAHOT Day – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia on May 17. Celebrated the world over on May 17 since 2005, the date the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.

While this year in Brisbane we are using the same IDAHOT acronym as MELT, we support the values and advocacy of many communities around what is known as both IDAHOT & IDAHOBIT.

IDAHOT is traditionally celebrated in a variety of ways – with free public gatherings, lighting of public spaces and buildings and with music concert events. The free ceremony at MELT will go from 6.30-7pm as a special event that will begin with a remembrance gathering in the Plaza including guest speakers, memorial ceremony and the lighting of the building. “Alliances for Solidarity” is the international theme this year.

It is also an occasion to remember the less privileged, the vilified and victims of hate crime, as well as to celebrate and acknowledge the activists and heroes. We invite all members of the LGBTIQ+ community and allies to be a part of this very special occasion with us.

Facebook users can also update their profile pictures with our IDAHOT Facebook frame here. In Brisbane, nine Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow lights to commemorate this year’s IDAHOT. Rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall as well as the state headquarters of Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that day.

In Cairns all are also invited to gather for coffee at the Paradiso Cafe at 96 Abbott Street in Cairns. A free BBQ and BYO picnic will also be held at the City Beat Police Station at the Lagoon Complex on the Cairns Esplanade, organised by the Queensland Police Service and FNQ Emergency Services to show solidarity with the LGBTIQ community.

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