Yes – IDAHOBIT has been firmly on our national events calendar in Embrace for over 2 years now.
2019 was definitely our most active based on the variety of events that we organised across multiple sites in the UK. For example, in London we collaborated with the Mental Wellbeing network on an awareness stall highlighting the harmful effects of discrimination on mental health. Our Embrace team in Glasgow also joined forces with other internal networks to organise an interactive quiz to educate on global LGBT+ rights.
IDAHOBIT has the power to help us better understand the current global injustices that some LGBT+ people experience, which in turn, can create empathy and solidarity.
Just like any special occasion, the principles of IDAHOBIT shouldn’t only be important on May 17th but every day of the year! We need to constantly tackle homophobia, biphobia and/or transphobia globally to create a more inclusive and positive world.
By celebrating and marking other events in the already diverse LGBT+ calendar such as: LGBT+ History Month, visibility days for lesser visible identities, National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October… just to name a few!
By making events open and educational. Anyone can be an Ally for another minority group and it’s by showing curiosity, compassion, and unity that we can put an end to human rights violations and injustices around the world.