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Marking IDAHOBIT this 17 May 2023
Posted on behalf of: EDI Unit
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is held each year on 17 May.
IDAHOBIT invites us to acknowledge the need to challenge homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia all year round.
The purpose of IDAHOBIT is to raise awareness of the ongoing discrimination, violence and marginalisation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people and all of those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The campaign seeks to celebrate diversity and advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people and the theme of this year's IDAHOBIT is 'Together Always: United in Diversity.'
The Pride flag is flying over Sussex House to mark the date, and the LGBTQ+ Staff Network are inviting all staff to a picnic today at the Meeting House, 12.30-2.20pm.
Vice-Chancellor Sasha Roseneil and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion David Ruebain discuss IDAHOBIT and the University of Sussex’s commitment LGBTQ+ Inclusion.
In Brighton & Hove
Today, 17 May 2023 at 6pm, the Rainbow Chorus will lead the IDAHOBIT Community Vigil in Jubilee Square, Brighton.
Support for staff and students
- Dignity and Respect Champions: Staff can raise issues directly to a Dignity and Respect Champion
- LGBTQ+ Staff Network: Join our LGBTQ+ Staff Network by contacting email@example.com. LGBTQ+ Staff and allies are welcome.
- Trans and Non-binary Staff Network: If you are trans and/or non-binary yourself, you can join our Trans and Non-binary Staff Network. If you would like to join the network or would like further information you can contact the network by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email address and mailing list is monitored and – to ensure confidentially – is accessed only by Chair of the Trans and Non-binary Staff Network.
- Staff Networks: Find out more about our Staff Networks.
- Students’ Union: Students who identify as LGBTQ+ can join the Students’ Union’s LGBTQ+ Society and contact the Students’ Union officers for support.
- Student Support: Students can also find a number of resources and support in relation to sexuality at the Student Centre.
- Report and Support: The University has clear expectations of how all members of its community treat – and are treated by – others. We will not tolerate bullying, harassment and violence, including sexual violence, racial harassment and hate crime.
If you or someone else has experienced behaviours such as bullying, harassment, a hate incident, sexual violence, domestic abuse or discrimination, you can let us know using this Report and Support tool.