International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia virtual events in the city

Gscene Editorial Team May 16, 2020

The Rainbow Hub, supported by BHCC LGBTQ Workers Forum, is holding an online community event #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 on Sunday 17 May to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, with the theme Breaking the Silence.

The event will include an livestream performance of songs of Protest & Pride by Brighton-based musician and singer and out and proud lesbian Nicky Mitchell  (fundraising for the Rainbow Hub) and an invitation for everyone to produce their own bespoke IDAHOBIT event, in their street, garden, kitchen or bedroom.

Rainbow Hub manager Carolyn Ansell said: ‚ÄúEverybody matters in our LGBTQ community; we all have the right to live free from persecution and inequality, from fear and violence. For this reason, The Rainbow Hub Brighton is proud to support IDAHOBIT 2020 and to celebrate global diversity in partnership with the LGBTQ Workers‚Äô Forum.‚ÄĚ

Here’s how you can take part:

  • Colour in your own #VirtualIDAHOBIT 2020 poster and share online. Download here:¬†
  • Join the online IDAHOBIT event Songs of Protest & Pride at 3pm with Nicky Mitchell.
  • Share a 30-second film of yourself queering up your space.
  • Take an LGBTQ flag when you do your daily exercise and film yourself waving it.
  • Take a 30-second film of yourself waving an LGBTQ flag in your street, garden, or kitchen.
  • Use #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 ¬†#BreakingTheSilence for social media.

Author, illustrator and LGBTQ Workers Forum member Shanni Collins has drawn the IDAHBOIT 2020 poster, so you can download it, print it out*, colour it in, take a photo of yourself holding it up, and send it to the Forum & Hub, who will be tweeting photos throughout the day on Sunday.

Participants are being asked to make their posters loud and proud, whether A5, A4, huge or small, share them with friends and groups they support, and ask them to join in and email their photos or share on social media on 17 May. They are also being asked to put their posters in their window on Sunday to share with the world. The organisers will tweet images and videos throughout 17 May and the following week.

Tweet¬†@hub_rainbow @LGBTQI using the hashtag #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 or email your photo’s to

You can read more about IDAHOBIT here. & learn more about the Rainbow Hub here.

*If you don’t have access to a printer email the Forum ASAP with your address and it will mail one out. Share with your friends if you can safely, or draw your own #VirtualIDAHOBIT2020 poster and take a photo to share.