17 May 2017: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia
NTU is proud to once again support International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHoBiT).
IDAHoBiT is marked each year on 17 May to celebrate the importance of human rights for all regardless of sexual or gender identity, and to highlight the continuing struggle against discrimination, oppression and violence faced by many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT+) people around the world. The day is recognised as an important milestone in the fight for LGBT+ rights, and is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
The date itself is significant as it commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
IDAHoBiT is a chance to reflect on progress made and to recognise challenges which the local and global community have yet to overcome. This day provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue with educators, policymakers, public opinion, wider society and each other.
NTU will be showing our support by flying the rainbow flag across several of our buildings on Wednesday 17 May, along with running displays in the Newton Building at the City site, and Clifton Pavilion at Clifton campus Weds – Fri that week. The displays will feature information about the history of IDAHoBiT, handouts, postcards, and some delicious sweets to enjoy. We will also be inviting staff and students to make a pledge for #NoBystanders, a Stonewall campaign to stand up to hate and abuse.