IDAHOBIT - International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia

Celebrated on 17 May each year, IDAHOBIT recognises the discrimination and human rights abuses experienced by LGBTIQ people around the world.

IDAHOBIT also affirms the strength, resilience and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their families, allies and supporters. In Darebin, we are proud of our diverse community. As the closest level of government to the community, we believe that we have an important role in challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting social inclusion and human rights for all, regardless of sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity.

We recognise that discrimination can have serious negative consequences on the social and emotional well being of our residents. We are committed to strengthening community cohesion and connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for all.

IDAHOBIT 2022 events

There are lots of community events happening across Darebin to acknowledge IDAHOBIT 2022. We encourage you to join in an event, connect with others and see how you can contribute to a community free of discrimination including homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersex discrimination.

Raising the Progress Pride flag at Preston Town Hall

Everyone is welcome. Join with others from the community to learn about the rainbow flag as a symbol of diversity and pride to LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex and queer) people and communities.

Hear from the Mayor about our work to develop a new LGBTIQ Action Plan. Share morning tea afterwards in the City Hall. The rainbow flag will fly at Preston City Hall for one week at 274 Gower Street, Preston.

Darebin Council is proud of the many LGBTIQ people, their families and communities who live, work and play in our municipality.

Tuesday 17 May, 10am—11am

Preston Town Hall (flag raising outside, morning tea inside)
274 Gower Street, Preston VIC 3072

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Rainbow storytime

Join us for rainbow storytime sessions for children aged 2 to 5 years and celebrate rainbow families and all the sizes and shapes that families come in! Dress in rainbow colours and join in some rainbow-inspired craft activities.

Presented by Darebin Libraries

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Collage workshop for LGBTQ + youth and allies

Express yourself and create your own colourful Collage in this workshop with queer artist Nick Tsekouras for LGBTIQA+ youth aged 16 to 25 and their allies.

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IDAHOBIT youth writers workshop

Join in a youth writers’ workshop with award-winning YA author, Alison Evans. Alison (Ida, Highway Bodies, Euphoria Kids) co-edits the zine Concrete Queers and is an editor for #enbylife. Suitable for young people aged 16-25 years. Presented by Darebin Libraries.

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IDAHOBIT family friendly music gig

Rock out at an all-ages, family friendly music gig at Thornbury Bowls Club. Featuring live sets from the OG kids’ punk band, RIOT BABY, the colourful jazztronica of FIRETAIL and PBS's own DJ MADDY MAC. Lawn bowls and snacks included. Happening on Sunday May 22nd from 2pm to 6pm.

Delivered by Your Community Health’s Rainbow Village and Bridge Darebin with support from Darebin Council.

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LGBTIQ elder virtual catchup

Are you an LGBTIQ elder and keen to connect with others? Join our informal, monthly virtual catch up on Thursday 19 May from 2pm to 3pm – see some friendly faces and enjoy a pleasant conversation! Contact Fionnuala in our Supported and Connected Living team for more information and to register. Conversations are held over Zoom and Fionnuala will help get you set up on your device before the catch up, so that you can join with confidence.

Contact Fionnuala on 03 8470 8463 or email

Watch our IDAHOBIT messages of support video

IDAHOBIT messages of support
We asked people what messages of support they wanted to pass onto young people on IDAHOBIT day. Here's what they had to say.