International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination



The International Day Against LGBTQIA+ Discrimination, also known as IDAHOBIT, is held annually on 17 May. 17 May 1990 was the date on which the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases. The purpose of the day is to celebrate progress made and to raise awareness of the discrimination that many LGBTQIA+ people continue to face.

Pride in Diversity’s 2023 Employee Survey reported that only 60.9% of LGBTQIA+ respondents were out at work. IDAHOBIT also reports that 2 in 3 LGBTQIA+ youth have experienced abuse due to their identity and 35% of LGBTQIA+ Australians have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months.

The Bar Association is committed to supporting a Bar that reflects and is inclusive of the diverse composition of Australia’s society, which includes people from the LGBTQIA+ communities.

The Bar Association’s LGBTQI Principles on Inclusiveness are available here.

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