The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) was created in 2004 to highlight the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTIQ community. It’s celebrated on May 17 and commemorates the World Health Organization's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990.
Check out a video recap of what IDAHOBIT means to Monash and see images from the 2019 event on our IDAHOBIT campaign page.
Intersex Awareness Day
Another important day on the international calendar, Intersex Awareness Day is celebrated on 26 October to commemorate the first public demonstration in North America by the intersex community (which took place on that day in 1996).
Intersex Awareness Day provides an important opportunity for people to learn more about the experiences of intersex people and the human rights issues they face. For a discussion of the issues faced by the intersex community and how to be a better ally, listen to a discussion with activist Bonnie Hart and international law scholar Travis Wisdom, recorded in the lead-up to Inersex Awareness Day 2018.
Midsumma Pride March
Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival is a major cultural event celebrating queer arts and culture. Held over three weeks during January and February each year, it attracts well over 100,000 participants and features a vast array of events, including street parties, theatre, cabaret, workshops, music, film, and markets.
Since the festival’s inception in 1989, the Midsumma Pride March has become a major feature of the event, where crowds gather to support the LGBTIQ community as they march through the streets of St Kilda in a colourful celebration of LGBTIQ pride. Monash has been attending the march for three year, led by senior leaders such as the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise).
For event information, visit the Midsumma Festival events page.