Locals to rally behind LGBTIQ+ community this IDAHOBIT Day

Support will be thrown behind the LGBTIQ+ community this Friday for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex and Transphobia.

Events are being organised at Ararat College and within the community to raise awareness and stamp out hate.

IDAHOBIT day was launched globally in 2004 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersectional and questioning (LGBTIQ)

The day has been recognised at Ararat College for the past two years, but this Friday it will also get local representation.

A rainbow flag will be raised outside the Council office ( on the corner of Vincent and High Streets) at 2pm on Friday afternoon, followed by an afternoon tea and short video presentation in the foyer of Ararat Gallery TAMA across the road at 82 Vincent Street.

Ararat Rural City Council Mayor Cr Peter Beales encouraged the community to attend the IDAHOBIT Day event to show their support for the local LGBTIQ community.

“IDAHOBIT Day is a time to stand with the LGBTIQ community and make the world a better
place for everyone,” Cr Beales said.

Ararat Rural City CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the event was a way for the council to show its support for the LGBTIQ+ community.

“Everyone is equal and Council would love to see our residents come along to the event and show the local LGBTIQ community that they are supported here in their home town and region,” Dr Harrison said.

A community event will also be held in Stawell on Friday morning.

Northern Grampians Shire Council, Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership, Stawell Regional Health, Grampians Community Health and Ararat Rural City Council are supporting both community events.

Students at Ararat College are being encouraged to wear Rainbow on the day.

Gold coin donation proceeds will be going to Minus 18, an organisation focused on supporting and advocating support for the LGBTIQ+ community.

“As a school community we celebrate this day to recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion,” Acting Principal Ellie McDougall said.