On May 17, people around the world will mark IDAHOBIT. The aim of the day is draw attention to the many ways in which sexual and gender diverse people are discriminated against and marginalised.
Melbourne organiser and Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg:
“Australia is like anywhere else in the world - life can be very difficult for people who don't conform to stereotyped expectations about sexuality and gender. A key way in which such inequality is maintained and legitimised here is through the restriction of marriage rights to heterosexual couples only. On Sunday 17 May in Melbourne, thousands will rally to send a message to the government that this and all other discriminatory laws must be scrapped, and to add their voices to the calls for the ALP to adopt a binding vote on the issue at their upcoming National Conference. It will also draw attention to the array of issues, from formal discrimination to bigoted attitudes, that too frequently blight or destroy the lives of LGBTI people in Australia.”
The day will feature speakers, including former teacher and Safe Schools Coalition organizer Mel Gaylard, Transgender activist Elliot Downes and former Greens leader Christine Milne, as well as musical performances from 1980s pop-sensation The Chantoozies and queer performers Husni Thalib and MaRz Cooper.
The crowd will also record a message to Australian politicians in support of marriage equality which will be shared on social media.
The event will start at 1pm on Sunday 17 May outside the State Library of Victoria