IDAHOT 2015 – Sunday 17 May to Monday 18 May
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was created in 2004 to celebrate sexual and gender diversities. IDAHOT is also a good time to reflect on the inclusiveness, or otherwise, of our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and our community in general.
We know that transgender, intersex, and gender diverse people face many issues including discrimination and harassment, and that people are often still treated unfairly based on their sexuality. The Equal Opportunity Commission is able to take complaints about sexuality and gender identity discrimination where it occurs at work, in education, in shops and services, in accommodation, and in clubs and associations.
The Commission also provides education and training to help reduce discrimination. This includes tailored training for organisations that have a staff member transitioning (available on request).
The Commission is excited by a number of current initiatives taking place nationally and in South Australia, such as:
- Safe Schools Coalition Australia - A national coalition dedicated to helping schools to be safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families.
- Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson conducted consultations across Australia to explore key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia and will soon be publishing his recommendations – visit www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sexual-orientation-sex-gender-identity/projects/sogii-rights.
- The South Australian Law Reform Institute will soon commence a review of legislative or regulatory discrimination against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status.