IDAHOBIT - International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia and Transphobia

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

IDAHOBIT also affirms the strength, resilience and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) 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 wellbeing of our residents. We are committed to strengthening community cohesion and connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for all.

Raising the Progress Pride flag at Preston Town Hall

Darebin Council is proud of the many LGBTQIA+ people, their families and communities who live, work and play in our municipality. To celebrate IDAHOBIT in Darebin, everyone is invited to attend a rainbow flag-raising ceremony at 284 Gower Street, Preston. The rainbow flag will fly at Preston City Hall for one week.

Hear from Mayor Cr. Julie Williams about our commitment to creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming city for LGBTQIA+ people with a morning tea and panel afterwards about being an active ally to transgender and gender diverse people.

When: Wednesday 17 May, 10.30am—12.30pm

Where: Preston Town Hall (flag raising outside, morning tea and panel inside), 284 Gower Street, Preston

Cost: Free

Catering: Morning tea provided

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and Auslan interpreted. For other access needs please contact:

If you have a question you would like the panel to answer, please send it to:

Rainbow Storytimes

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.

  • Northcote Library
    Tuesday 16 May at 11.15am
  • Preston Library
    Wednesday 17 May at 11.15am
  • Reservoir Library
    Friday 19 May: , 11.15am
  • Fairfield Library
    Friday 19 May at 11.15am

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.