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IDAHOBIT is coming up soon and we are excited!

What is IDAHOBIT and why does it matter?

IDAHOBIT stands for ‘International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia or Intersexism and Transphobia.’

On May 17, 1990 (32 years ago), the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. IDAHOBIT is celebrated on 17 May each year.

IDAHOBIT matters as it raises awareness for the work that is still needed to combat discrimination against the LGBTIQA+ community.

What and homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia?

  • Homophobia: Stigma, discrimination or negative feelings against people who are same-sex attracted.
  • Biphobia: Stigma, discrimination or negative feelings against someone who is attracted to more than one gender.
  • Intersexism: Stigma, discrimination or negative feelings against a person with an intersex variation.
  • Transphobia: Stigma, discrimination or negative feelings towards someone who is trans or gender diverse.

Not everywhere is a safe space

Remember, that it is not always safe for someone in the LGBTIQA+ community to be their authentic self in all settings. Respect a person’s decision on how they express themselves in different places and around different people.


We have loads of FREE and low-cost resources to increase visibility, awareness and understanding for your workplace and community, including:

  • Pride and pronoun badges

  • Safe space posters and stickers

  • Information resources (pronouns, allyship, coming out)

  • Safer sex packs (containing condoms and lubricant)

We also sell pride merchandise at the WAAC store. Check out The WAAC store for the full range!

Get involved

IDAHOBIT social tiles

You’re welcome to share these graphics on your social media (and we’d love it if you tag us too).

Our safe space resources

You can download these posters and resources for your service or email us to request hardcopies.

Celebrate at your workplace, school or in the community
  • Visibility: Don’t underestimate the importance of being visible. Add a pride pin to your uniform, purchase a pride lanyard from The WAAC Store, or put up a poster showing that your classroom, workplace or home is a safe space for LGBTIQA+ people.
  • Host an event: Host a fundraising event such as a morning tea or book in an inclusivity training on sexuality and gender diversity
  • Donate: Donate to WAAC, Freedom Centre / Freedom State and other LGBTIQA+ organisations like Transfolk of WA and Living Proud.
  • Share the love: Help to amplify the messaging of LGBTIQA+ organisations by sharing their posts on social media to help them reach further.
  • Keep it up: Remember that IDAHOBIT is just one day, it is important to continue promoting the values and visibility of IDAHOBIT year-round!!
Be an ally
  • Educate yourself: Do your own research to better understand and correct misinformation that you hear.
  • Don’t assume: Even if you have LGBTIQA+ friends already, it’s important to know that every person’s sexuality, gender identity and gender expression may be different. Rather than make assumptions, ask if you are unsure, and listen to the answer.
  • Respect pronouns: Include pronouns in social media bios, email signatures and name badges, introduce yourself with your pronouns when you meet new people – even if you are cisgender!
  • Check your privilege: Be sure to listen and consider which voices are not being heard. Understand how issues including racism, ablism, ageism, religious oppression and other forms of bigotry intersect with people’s identity and impact their experiences in the LGBTIQA+ community.
  • Advocate: With a Federal election coming up, take the time to learn about what each political party is doing to ensure inclusivity and equality for all people. Use the Vote Compass to see how your views align with the major political parties.
  • Call out harmful behaviour or language: Call out any hurtful language, remarks or jokes that are inappropriate. Seek out other allies who will support you in this effort.

Attend a free IDAHOBIT event


IDAHOBIT event – Anchors Youth Centre

  • 13 May 2022, 5pm – 9pm
  • 16 Sail Terrace, Heathridge 6027

WAAC LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Health & Community Services Workshop


WAAC LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Health & Community Services Workshop


Private events are taking place at schools and organisations in the South West

If you would like support to host an event contact our Community Development Officer, Alannah.


WAAC and OUTMidwest: LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Community and Health Services Workshop

  • 17 May 2022, 9am – 12pm
  • Geraldton Multipurpose Centre – Meeting Room
  • Registration


WAAC and OUTMidwest: LGBTIQA+ 101 for Parents and Carers Workshop

  • 17 May 2022, 5pm – 7pm
  • Geraldton Multipurpose Centre – Meeting Room
  • Registration


Commissioner for Children and Young People Listening Tour

  • The Commissioner will be visiting Geraldton to talk to LGBTQIA+ young people to hear about their experiences in Geraldton and hear their ideas on what areas could be improved (such as health services) and how they can be improved.
  • 16 May 2022, 12pm – 2pm
  • Lester House


For more information or to register your interest, contact our Community Development Officer, Luke by email or call him on 0436 464 202


WAAC LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Health & Community Services Workshop


The Youth Project 2022 Jungle Party – WAAC Stall

  • 14 May 2022, 6pm – 8pm
  • Usher Park


WAAC Being Supportive Parents of LGBTQIA+ Young People Workshop

  • 16 May 2022, 6pm – 8pm
  • Sandalwood Family Centre


IDAHOBIT Community Event

  • Enjoy an evening of popcorn, snacks and fun with this free screening of Love, Simon
  • 17 May 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm
  • PCYC Hall, 198 Egan St, Kalgoorlie
  • Register your tickets today


For more information or to register your interest, contact our Community Development Officer, Jack.


Get in touch for extra support

Freedom State (Bunbury/South West, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie)

LGBTIQA+ Counselling and Community Development Services

Freedom Centre (Perth Metro)

LGBTIQA+ Drop in, Counselling, Community Development Services

  • Freedom Centre Coordinator (Danny Della Vedova): 0419 945 219
  • Freedom Centre Shift Phone: 0451 459 389 (3 – 9pm, Monday to Friday
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Location: 60a Frame Court, Leederville WA 6007