MAY 17 IS IDAHOBIT DAY

The IDAHOBIT theme for this year is JUSTICE AND PROTECTION FOR ALL

A day to stand against discrimination in support of your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, sistergirl, brotherboy, gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) friends, colleagues and families.

Previously called IDAHO and IDAHOT Day it is observed on the 17th of May, raising awareness of LGBTI rights and justice worldwide. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to a friend or family member about their communities and ask how they are going.
How can you support IDAHOBIT and LGBTI, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities?

Have a conversation with a friend or family member about support, justice and communities. It’s a day to think about how people can usefully support us all into the future.

AT THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE FRIDAY MAY 17 AT 6.30PM

A remembrance ceremony commences at 6.30pm till 7pm at the Brisbane Powerhouse Plaza with special guest speakers, a memorial ceremony, lighting of the building and a musical tribute. Then after a short break the MELT Portrait prize winner will be announced inside on the Turbine Platform along with the launch of the MELT visual arts exhibitions including the start of our ‘Talking Can Make It Better’ Art Exhibition in the Switch Room which is part of the LGBTI Suicide Prevention Campaign. The evening is expected to conclude around 8pm.

For those then heading off into the Brisbane night the Story Bridge will be lit up on behalf of QuAC and the Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Tropical Dome Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the Wickham Terrace car park architectural wall and Reddacliff Place sculptures Donna Marcus: Steam 2006 are Rainbow lit tonight.

Link to event here:

https://bit.ly/2w6mPbC 

We are honoured to be a ‘Community Partner’ of MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture for the second year. It gives us a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and current thinking, including Inclusive language and practice using the incredible platform of queer creativity that this festival offers. Apart from continuing volunteer outreach during the festival the MELT festival team have worked with us from the very beginning to meaningfully integrate elements of our Suicide Prevention Campaign into their program. This includes the start of the ‘Talking Can Make It Better’ Art Exhibition which is hanging in the Switch Room from tonight and continues till July 7.

Link to event here:

https://bit.ly/2WRuLte

Balls OUT Bingo has the QPS Bingo at Oxley Golf Club.  It is a closed event but it is for IDAHOBIT Day.  It is the event for the LGBTIQ+ Forum to be held for IDANOBIT and the following day at the Oxley QPS Academy. We thank them for reaching out.

NORTH QUEENSLAND

A significant IDAHOBIT day for our North Queensland communities with this morning’s raising the rainbow flag for the first time outside Cairns Regional Council.

11am-1pm – James Cook University Event, with stalls and sharing information with students about LGBTI+ communities in Cairns

11:30am-1:30pm – Queensland Police BBQ at the Cairns Esplanade, near the lagoon pool with LGBTI Police Liaison Officers and rainbow flag visibility.

OTHER EVENTS

Further information on other events appeared in this QNews article we have previously shared:

https://qnews.com.au/heres-whats-on-in-queensland-for-idahobit-day-next-week/

If you haven’t already use our FB frame here https://bit.ly/2JnV7Qr to mark IDAHOBIT 2019 to stand against discrimination in support of your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, sistergirl, brotherboy, gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) friends, colleagues and families.

Wherever you are or however you commemorate the day we hope you feel the love.