International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date of May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. IDAHOBIT in May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.
IDAHOBIT LOUD & PROUD Health Walk on Monday, May 17 at 12pm.
Meet on the beach between Palace Pier and the Kiss Statue for Brighton & Hove City Council LGBTQ+ Workers Forum‘s LOUD & PROUD LGBTQ+ health walk from the Pier to The Level to show presence and share LGBTQ+ peer space. Organisers say: “We are sill unable to hold static community events, but we can walk in small groups. Everyone is welcome to join, dress up loud and proud and bring a flag. We want the city to know we are here and queer. Please observe social distancing, wear a mask and observe relevant Covid restrictions.”
Stretch & Flex: IDAHOBIT Session on Wednesday, May 19 at 1pm.
As part of IDAHOBIT week, there is also an online Stretch & Flex session being offered to LGBTQ+ communities, which is free to anyone who is shielding or is unable to access outdoor space. Run by Elle, a qualified personal trainer, GP referral exercise specialist and studio instructor, this will be held over Zoom and is 40 minutes of low-impact mobility, balance and core-based exercises suitable for all; only a mat or towel is needed. All people who identify as LGBTQ+ welcome.
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