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What is IDAHOBLIT and how can you support it?

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBLIT) is an awareness day held on May 17 every year. The purpose of it is to draw attention to the continued discrimination, violence and unfair treatment towards the LGBTQ+ community across the globe. This date in particular was chosen to commemorate the day homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases in 1990. Read on to find out three ways you can commemorate this important day this year.

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Use your voice to spread awareness of existing stigma against the LGBTQ+ community.

Whether you’re an ally or a part of the LGBTQ+ community, using your voice and any platform you have to raise awareness of key issues faced by the community is becoming more important than ever. Each sector of the queer community faces a different form of discrimination both in the workplace and wider society. By being aware of these issues and starting conversations about how to tackle them, you can show authentic support for the community.

myGwork conducted a study looking at the experiences of LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people in the workplace. According to our results, three quarters of LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people are not completely out, with the majority stating that this is due to fears of discrimination. To read more about the results of our survey and educate yourself further on the state of current LGBTQ+ experiences, click here. 


Listen to LGBTQ+ people when they express their concerns

Simply put, believe LGBTQ+ people when they say they’ve been mistreated. Not every form of discrimination is deliberately antagonistic, and many people who are perpetuating negative stereotypes or beliefs do not realize the impact they are having. By listening to LGBTQ+ people and being able to talk openly about changing perceptions, using appropriate language and dismantling stigma, you can help inspire progress. 


Actively support a progressive LGBTQ+ event

Whether it’s attending a public Pride parade, or a private event set up by an LGBTQ+ employee resource group, making your presence known at events dedicated to supporting the community is essential. Do some research into your workplace and see if there are any LGBTQ+ related events coming up that you can join. If there aren't any currently available, why not consider talking with your co-workers and starting one up yourself?

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